BUDGET Aurora Public Schools won’t have to resort to a lot of cuts that were under consideration earlier, if the state’s funding doesn’t change too much by the time it’s finalized. Chalkbeat Colorado

SMOKED OUT A small fire at Westminster High School Wednesday night during Westy Idol, the school’s talent show competition, has school closed Thursday. 9News, CBS 4, Denver Post

BREAKING GROUND Adams 12 officials (and future students) broke ground on a new school in the Anthem community paid for by the bond voters approved in November. Denver Business Journal

LEAD TESTING A bill making its way through the legislature could require testing of all water fountains and sinks in Colorado schools. Denver Post

VARSITY Denver’s Northfield High School is building a football program that could go varsity in less than two years. CHSAA Now