STUDENT VOICE Gathered at the Denver school that has welcomed them, a group of teenagers whose families fled persecution and war in their native countries decried Trump administration actions they say betray American values they hold dear. Chalkbeat Colorado, 7News, CBS4, Fox31

DIVIDED ON DEVOS Colorado educators and lawmakers are split on U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, with some hailing her as a change agent and others saying she lacks experience. Chalkbeat Colorado

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Colorado’s House of Representatives gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would ban corporal punishment in public schools and day care centers that receive state funds, but it’s unclear how the bill will fare in the Senate. Chalkbeat Colorado

JEFFCO SUPERINTENDENT The Jefferson County school district has hired an Iowa-based company that specializes in educational executive leadership searches to find a new superintendent. Arvada Press

PATIENCE PAYS OFF Eagle County Schools is expected to save roughly $4 million by having waited until interest rates fell this month to issue its voter-approved bonds. Vail Daily

GUNS IN SCHOOLS Colorado Senate Republican leader Chris Holbert is considering amending his bill regarding teachers who want to carry guns in school to establish minimum training requirements. Colorado Politics

INNOVATION STATUS Greeley-Evans School District 6 leaders on Monday pushed forward a plan to transform two struggling schools in order to avoid state sanctions. Greeley Tribune

HEALTH CONCERNS A child care center in Durango was forced to close this week when teachers refused to come to work after recent radon testing showed levels exceeded state safety standards. Durango Herald

STUDENT ACTIVISM Students at Boulder’s Fairview High School have started a campaign to encourage the Boulder Valley School District to stop using Wells Fargo for banking services. Daily Camera

DROPPING A DAY? Mountain View Core Knowledge School, a charter school in Cañon City, is exploring a four-day week, a schedule that neighboring school districts have already adopted. Cañon City Daily Record

CHARTER DENIAL A five-year effort to open a charter school in the Englewood area came to an end recently when the Colorado Charter School Institute Board of Directors voted to deny TriCity Academy’s application. Englewood Herald