OUT OF TIME Denver Public Schools on Thursday announced that two low-performing schools are being recommended for closure under a new school district policy, with possibly more to come. Chalkbeat Colorado

LOOKING AHEAD State Sen. Michael Johnston, architect of the state’s educator effectiveness law and a prominent player in Colorado education reform, is considering joining what could be a crowded Democratic primary field running for governor in 2018. Chalkbeat Colorado

DREAMERS President-elect Trump says he’ll “work something out” for people who came to the U.S. illegally as children and desire a path to citizenship, adding to uncertainty for undocumented teachers. Chalkbeat

IT’S OVER — FINALLY Poudre School District’s $375 million bond prevailed in recount results. Coloradoan

TOO MUCH CHURN A Fort Collins elementary school is fighting high student turnover. Coloradoan

HELP WANTED Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District have not been immune to the statewide teacher shortage. Aurora Sentinel

SHOWING EMPATHY Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Monument has created new program to explore virtues of empathy. Gazette