EQUITY AGENDA STRIVE Prep, one of Denver’s largest charter school networks, is seeking to prove that it can sustain high test scores even when they educate students who bring many challenges to the classroom — a result that’s proven elusive for others who have tried. Chalkbeat

PERSONALIZED LEARNING The education reform organization founded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing for greater personalized learning. Chalkbeat

TEACHING AND LEARNING An impassioned Denver mother is vowing to teach students the art of cursive writing. Denver Post 

A Denver teacher who grew up on Standing Rock Reservation is keeping the Lakota language alive in her classroom. CPR

BY THE NUMBERS Colorado’s four-year graduation rate has been creeping upward in this decade and is nearing 80 percent, but a 2017 report released earlier this month pegs it as the seventh worst in the nation. Gazette

RANK AND FILE Pettiness is among the reasons valedictorians and salutatorians could become a thing of the past in Colorado Springs School District 11. Gazette

SCHOOL FUNDING Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a spending bill that will prevent more than a half billion in cuts to hospital payments while generating $1.9 billion for transportation fixes — and tens of millions for the state’s schools. Denver PostGreeley Tribune

HUMAN RESOURCES After 25 years of inspiring a love for plants, an Aurora teacher hangs up his shears. Aurora Sentinel

Shelly Landgraf, Boulder Valley School District’s assistant superintendent of human resources, resigned from the district Friday. Her resignation comes three weeks after the school board fired the district’s superintendent. Daily Camera

HEALTHY SUMMERS A nonprofit is working to see that low-income kids get fed this summer, handing out free, nutritious lunches across Colorado. 9News