SCHOOL CHOICE Meet the Colorado conservative who is taking a bigger role in expanding school choice across the nation. Chalkbeat

TOP OF THE CLASS Colorado Springs’ District 11 will ditch the valedictorian system starting with the class of 2021. Gazette, KOAA, Fox21

OPINION Aurora school board member Cathy Wildman’s recent comments about immigrants were “despicable,” says a former aide to Congressman Mike Coffman. Aurora Sentinel

‘CHANGE AGENT’ By some turns, Jeffco Public Schools’ next superintendent is simply a Kentucky boy from a long line of educators. By other turns, Jason Glass has been called a “change agent” who has a habit of leaving his posts ahead of schedule. Columbine Courier

OPINION In a column, Glass recaps new education laws passed during the 2017 legislative session. Vail Daily

GUNS IN SCHOOLS Gun training for Colorado teachers in school districts that allow staff to carry concealed weapons is gaining momentum, according to advocates. Gazette

RESIGNATION Moffat Schools Superintendent Kirk Banghart, who also served as president of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance, has resigned. Center Post Dispatch

SPELLING BEE Despite a strong showing Wednesday, two Colorado students failed to advance to the final day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Denver Post