THE CHOICE After six hours of deliberation, a divided (and notably thin) panel of community representatives chose a district-run option over a charter school to replace a far northeast Denver school slated to close. Chalkbeat

SEEKING DISTANCE A statement from the Aurora school board sought to convey that the controversial statements of one member should not overshadow the board’s actions to support immigrant and refugee families. Chalkbeat, Aurora Sentinel

LITTLE THINGS Something as simple as having an early-morning chat with a student can help them succeed academically, a former Denver school administrator and current D.C. schools chief said at a Denver event. Chalkbeat

GENDER GAPS Researchers found girls outnumber boys in charter schools, a finding that could inform the long-standing debate on whether charter schools exclude or push out certain types of students. Chalkbeat

HEALTH MATTERS Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a measure that will give Colorado schools funding to voluntarily test for lead in their drinking water. Denver Post

BOOK COUNTRY The Denver Broncos are getting into the summer reading program game, hoping to sack the “summer slide” that sees kids fall behind with their learning. Denver Post 

[email protected] Boulder Valley teachers switched to learning mode this week for lessons on “makerspaces,” design thinking and coding. Daily Camera