BOND, SCHOOL BOND A record number of Colorado school districts are asking voters to approve a whopping $4.4 billion in tax measures to erect buildings and fund programs — many of them returning to the polls hoping to reverse their fortunes after previous disappointments. Chalkbeat

Denver Public Schools is one of those districts asking voters to approve a $56.6 million tax increase, or mill levy override. It’s proposed package includes nearly $11 million to hire more psychologists, social workers and nurses. Chalkbeat

If Aurora voters approve a bond package for Aurora Public Schools, the district is planning to construct a new building to house CSU-Global’s administrative team and the university would pay in-kind lease payments to APS by offering scholarships and programs to current APS students. Aurora Sentinel

Q & A To even the playing field for low-income kids, educators and parents should consider brain-based skills, such as self-control and concentration, a Minnesota-based researcher explains. Chalkbeat

AND THE AWARD GOES TO… An Aurora Public Schools teacher who splits her time between a third-grade classroom and coaching her peers was honored with the “Oscars of teaching” and a $25,000 check. Chalkbeat, Aurora Sentinel

SAFE SCHOOLS School resources officers play an integral role in how young people think about police officers. Greeley Tribune 

HUMAN RESOURCES More than 1 in 4 of the nation’s full-time teachers are considered chronically absent from school, according to federal data, missing the equivalent of more than two weeks of classes each academic year in what some districts say has become an educational crisis. Washington Post via Denver Post

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Pueblo City Schools officials recognized teachers and leaders at schools who improved their state quality rating. Pueblo Chieftain

LIFE LESSONS Students at a Colorado Springs elementary school learned about how substance abuse and other negligent behavior can lead to life and death situations. Gazette