‘GUT WRENCHING’ After hours of emotional public comment, the Denver school board voted unanimously to close three persistently low-performing schools under a new district policy. Chalkbeat Colorado

SEEKING COMPROMISE At the same meeting, the DPS board voted to build a new DSST charter school on a shared campus in northeast Denver, but not before making several promises to Northfield High School. Chalkbeat Colorado

LEAVING PARCC? The State Board of Education directed the education department to find new state tests that won’t take students as long and will deliver results quicker. Chalkbeat Colorado 

IN LIMBO The Jefferson County school board took no no action on the fate of Superintendent Dan McMinimee after a three-and-a-half-hour closed-door meeting. Chalkbeat Colorado

FINALIZED RATINGS Five Colorado school districts face the unprecedented prospect of state sanctions and three were spared that fate according to final state school district quality ratings. Chalkbeat Colorado

State officials say the Westminster School District did not improve enough to save itself from sanctions, though the district says it will appeal. Chalkbeat Colorado

The Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley districts both received “accredited with low participation” ratings from the state. Daily Camera

BRANCHING OUT Aurora Public Schools is looking at a couple of new partnerships after passage of its bond, one with the DSST charter network and the other with Colorado State University-Global Campus. Aurora Sentinel

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE JeffCo students are learning about climate change by taking on “The Sixth Extinction.” CPR 

GREEN CATS A Greeley Central High School environmental club that began with a locker cleanout event wants to build a greenhouse that will provide food for the needy. Greeley Tribune