INTERVENTION The State Board of Education gave initial approval to plans for turning around two struggling rural school districts, the first time in more than a decade the state has intervened to order school improvement. Chalkbeat ColoradoChannel 7

STARTING EARLY Early childhood mental health is getting more attention — and funding — with growing national awareness that children stand a greater chance of success if they get support. Chalkbeat Colorado

SCHOOL FINANCE Colorado schools would fare slightly better than initially anticipated in a budget proposal that cleared one legislative hurdle. Chalkbeat Colorado

IN LIMBO After months of delay, it’s still unclear whether Poudre School District will be able to issue a $375 million voter-approved bond it needs to build three new schools. Coloradoan

CATCHING ZZZS Littleton Public Schools is joining other school districts in considering pushing back start times for middle and high schools. 9News

TWO CENTS Former Republican congressman Bob Schaffer, who now leads a Fort Collins charter school, advocates equal funding for charters. Coloradoan

ACCOLADES A Colorado Springs teacher has been named ‘National Educator of the Year” for speech and debate. Gazette