SECOND LOOK? Two low-performing Colorado school districts at different points on a path toward sanctions plan to appeal their state quality ratings to the State Board of Education. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH  Jessica Moore, a language arts teacher at South Valley Middle School in northern Colorado’s Weld County RE-1 district likes to starts the year with blank classroom walls. Here’s why. Chalkbeat

TWO CENTS Members of the Jefferson County school board ran on a platform of transparency, but their debate on Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s future has been kept in the dark. Canyon Courier

SCHOOL FUNDING Could changing how the state calculates its tax revenue cap mean more money for public schools? It’s unclear, but these two Republican lawmakers will attempt pushing a rewrite of TABOR through the General Assembly. ColoradoPolitics.com

CLOSING THE GAP A Denver Public Schools Foundation program aims to help the city’s youngest and most at-risk students boost their vocabulary — and hopefully other learning. Denver Post

SMARTY PANTS A Longmont high school student will be one of just 10 students from across the nation to compete this weekend in the American Mathematical Society’s “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” contest. 9News

ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS Yup. It’s a thing. And Boulder Valley, Adams 12 and the Douglas County school districts are all working the U.S. Department of Energy to make it (basically schools that create their own energy from renewable sources) happen here in Colorado. Daily Camera