AGONIZING CHOICES The Jeffco school board clearly was struggling with the prospect of closing schools and cutting popular programs, and ultimately voted to close just one elementary school and spare four others — at least for now. Chalkbeat Colorado, Denver Post, 9News, Channel 7FOX 31.

How the state’s second largest school district got in this budget bind, explained. Chalkbeat Colorado

FIRST PERSON ‘I mentor students demoralized about not having a vote. Here’s their plan for getting civically involved before turning 18.’ Chalkbeat Colorado 

UNDER THE DOME Democratic House Speaker Crisanta Duran is proposing that the state’s plan to fund transportation projects be expanded to also cover schools. The Gazette

A bill that would require school districts’  local tax increases to fund charter schools at the same level as district-run schools took center stage at the Senate Education Committee. Chalkbeat Colorado

A bill that would allow parents to take leave from work to attend academic activities passed the Colorado House. 9News

DREAMERS First-graders in the new “I Have a Dream” class at Lafayette’s Sanchez Elementary are ready to take the stage and share their dreams. Times-Call

THE OUTLIERS As Chalkbeat reported previously, a recent report spotlights districts that are doing well serving poor students of color. Denver Post