UPWARD TREND Denver Public Schools is celebrating a double-digit jump in the percentage of its youngest students who are reading on grade level. Chalkbeat

TIME OUT In one of his first big moves as superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, Jason Glass has pledged not to recommend any schools be closed until the 2019-20 school year at the earliest. Chalkbeat

TALK TO US Chalkbeat wants to hear from educators about how their school districts’ family leave policies work. Fill out this brief survey. Chalkbeat

HAMMER IT OUT Contract talks between the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools are in their final week. Denver Post

SCAM ARTIST The Boulder Valley School District has added safeguards after a scammer stole about $850,000 of bond construction money using knowledge of public contracts and a forged signature. Daily Camera

ONE MORE TRY The Greeley-Evans School District 6 will ask voters to approve a property tax hike in November after a similar measure failed last year. The Tribune

SCHOOL GARGOYLES Here’s why some of Denver’s high schools are so architecturally elaborate. Denverite