GREEN LIGHT High-achieving Denver-based charter school network DSST is one step closer to expanding into Aurora. Chalkbeat

HOW I LEAD This Colorado principal thinks educators should stop turning to experts — and look inward. Chalkbeat

TEACHER EVALUATIONS “Well, it’s probably politically incorrect to say,” she says, “but I don’t think Senate Bill 191 helped.” KUNC

IN THE RUNNING Former State Board of Education member and current Republican state Rep. Paul Lundeen is running for a Colorado Senate seat. Colorado Politics

BUDGET MATTERS The Jefferson County school board adopted a $978.9 million budget for the 2017-18 school year that includes an increase of $18.9 million in state funding. Arvada Press

EYES ON THE PRIZE A new recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators will give away nearly $100,000 in cash prizes. 9News

STUDENT DISCIPLINE A new law preventing school staff from using physical restraints on children except in the most dire circumstances will have little effect on how Aurora schools handle student discipline. Aurora Sentinel