MEMO FROM THE BOSS Denver’s superintendent wrote a memo detailing how most decisions should be made at the school level. We annotated it with explanations, quotes and links to previous stories. Chalkbeat Colorado

Q&A State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin is running for re-election. We sent her a candidate questionnaire — and she sent us her thoughts on testing, standards and a new education commissioner. Chalkbeat Colorado

FIRST PERSON How one simple change saved me from burnout and invigorated my students, too. Chalkbeat

What the shift to restorative justice looked like in my KIPP school. Chalkbeat

FROM DENVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE A Denver student has been named one of 11 Kid Science Advisors to the President. 9News

NO CLOWNS Denver Public Schools is banning clown costumes this Halloween season after a rash of creepy clown sightings across the country. 9News

TEEN DRUG USE The director of student discipline for Colorado Springs School District 11 says the district has seen a “sharp” increase in marijuana use. Gazette

ENROLLMENT DROP A preliminary student enrollment count for Pueblo City Schools shows a decline of about 250 students from last year, which will likely mean a budget shortfall of $1.5 million. Pueblo Chieftain

POLICE IN SCHOOLS A window into what it’s like to be a school resource officer in Greeley. Greeley Tribune