WORDS MATTER Facing criticism for her recent comments about immigrants, an Aurora school board member offered a lengthy, emotional response that emphasized the importance of following rules and included an assurance that she wants students to feel safe. Chalkbeat

MAKING ROOM More than 65 acres of former wheat fields and dirt roads zigzagging through north Thornton near 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street have progressively transformed into the Brighton 27J School District’s long awaited third district high school, Riverdale Ridge. Denver Post

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Pueblo City Schools once again is taking its plans to improve three of its schools facing state sanctions to the Colorado State Board of Education. Chieftain

TEACHING TEACHERS About 100 teachers from across the country are spending three days using Boulder as a classroom to learn about design thinking, global education, entrepreneurship, field science. Daily Camera

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Colorado’s Summer Food Service starts today to help families that depend on free school meal programs. 9News

SEE YOU IN COURT Parents of a former Casey Middle School student have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Boulder Valley School District, saying sewer gas at the school made their daughter sick. Daily Camera

ED TECH St. Vrain Valley’s progress in implementing a one-to-one iPad initiative is getting high marks from school board members as the district continues to invest in technology and encourage teachers to take risks. Times-Call

AN THE AWARD GOES TO State lawmakers Don Coram and Barbara McLachlan were named Rural Schools Champions Monday evening by the Colorado Rural School Alliance during a reception at Fort Lewis College. Durango Herald