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ELECTION A mother and former nurse, whose experience advocating for her own son convinced her of the need for more mental health professionals in public schools, is running for a seat on the Denver school board. Chalkbeat
CLASS OF 2021 Students entering their junior year in the fall will be the first to test out new state graduation requirements. Some believe students of color and those from low-income families will be least prepared. Denver Post
ALTERNATIVES Starting this fall, some students at New America School Thornton who are far behind on their graduation requirements can take tests, rather than trying to cram in all the classes they’d need for a diploma. Denver Post
VISIT Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will attend an invitation-only luncheon in Colorado Springs later this month, to support an organization which provides scholarships for students attending schools outside their neighborhoods. Gazette
VACANT The Cherry Creek school board won’t fill a seat left vacant by the sudden resignation of former board President Dave Willman for using a self-described “racist term” last month. Aurora Sentinel
PROFILE Stedman Elementary’s new principal started his career as a custodian. 9News
COACH A 77-year-old retired teacher in Denver has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free and sent five students to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship. Denver Post
OPINION The Denver Post Editorial Board writes that the state is right to intervene when schools keep failing kids, weighing in on the lawsuit Pueblo teachers filed to stop a management company. Denver Post
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