UNUSUAL SWAP Aurora Public Schools and Colorado State University are negotiating terms of a partnership that involves the school district building a new campus for a CSU online degree program in return for scholarships and other benefits. Chalkbeat

CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS Volunteers in the Boulder Valley School District are spending the next few weeks stuffing an estimated 10,000 backpacks with thousands of pounds of school supplies for local students. Daily Camera

MILESTONE The Harrison School District’sĀ Centennial Elementary is the first Colorado school to receive an Excellence in Urban Education award from the National Center for Urban School Transformation. Gazette

SMOKE SCREEN Taxes from recreational marijuana only fund select school construction projects and even then don’t cover the entire cost. KUNC

THEY WENT TO JARED Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder makes his case for the governor’s seat, calling out a “radical right-wing agenda” to “privatize public education.” Westword