HELPING HAND A critical but often hidden piece of Colorado’s child care puzzle — family, friend and neighbor care — is getting increased attention and some much-needed support. Chalkbeat Colorado 

HOW I TEACH An “exuberant, spontaneous and different” Wheat Ridge teacher tells us that if she talks too much, she isn’t doing her job well. Chalkbeat Colorado

TEACHER PAY Teacher salaries in Colorado school districts vary widely — from more than $71,500 in Boulder, well above the national average of $36,141, to just over $23,000 in several rural districts. Denver Business Journal

ELECTION 2016 A guide to Weld County school-related questions on this year’s ballot. Greeley Tribune

Backers of the Colorado Springs School District 11 bond and mill levy make their case to voters. Gazette

The Aspen Times editorial page urges support of a sales tax increase to help close a school funding gap. Aspen Times 

IF IT AIN’T BROKE … Parents of students with special needs are unhappy about a plan to move their children to a new school in the Boulder Valley School District. Daily Camera

FACING CONSEQUENCES Two Evergreen High School football players are facing criminal charges after their bullying crossed the line into hazing, authorities say. KDVR

MEASURING UP Six schools in the Cañon City School District received the top rating in the state’s accountability system, according to preliminary results the district received earlier this month. Daily Record