EXIT INTERVIEW A Q&A with outgoing state Sen. Michael Johnston, one of the most influential and controversial legislators to work on Colorado education policy. Chalkbeat Colorado

EARLY ED New research reveals that quality child care programs for disadvantaged children starting just after birth and continuing to age five produce major financial dividends over the long term. Chalkbeat Colorado

GUNS IN SCHOOLS Hanover School District 28 in eastern El Paso County is weighing whether to arm teachers and other staff, partly in response to concerns about nearby marijuana grows. Gazette

BUDGET CRUNCH Larger class sizes, four-day school weeks and eliminating school bus service are among the more drastic options the Greeley-Evans School District 6 superintendent put forward Monday to cut costs. Greeley Tribune

BOND HOLDUP Five things to know about why projects planned under Poudre School District’s voter-approved bond issue have been put on hold. Coloradoan

FELONY CHARGES A Denver woman faces two vehicular homicide charges in the August crash that killed Thompson School District official Dan Maas and his wife Loan, a Denver Public Schools educator. Loveland Reporter-Herald