SOLVING IT LOCALLY A growing number of Colorado towns, cities and counties are using public money — usually gleaned from local property tax or sales tax — to improve child care and preschool options. Chalkbeat

THIS TIME AROUND Shifts in the national political climate — and the divisiveness surrounding U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — are permeating the Denver school board race. Chalkbeat

WIDE GAPS New data show Colorado students with learning disabilities lag far behind their peers without disabilities. Chalkbeat

LAST PLACE Colorado ranked last in a report from the University of Connecticut examining states’ high school sports safety policies. KOAA

TIGHTER SECURITY The Aspen School District is rolling out a system that will prescreen visitors before they are allowed entry into its campus’ three schools. Aspen Times

ID REQUIRED After a student from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs was wounded recently in a shooting off campus, students are being required to wear ID badges or face disciplinary action. Gazette

ALL HANDS ON DECK Students, staff and parents in Colorado Springs District 11 are helping rally support for a school tax measure on the November ballot. Gazette

THREAT AVERTED Colorado Springs police arrested two 13-year-old Sabin Middle School students who had drawn up a list of staff and students they wanted to harm and were planning how to carry out their threats. Denver Post, Gazette

BLENDED SUCCESS The Greeley-Evans District 6 school board learned about the impact of the district’s blended learning initiative at its meeting Monday night. Tribune

PRICEY PROPOSAL A proposal by Boulder’s Community Montessori Elementary to add middle school grades is hitting a snag over the high price tag. Daily Camera

NO NEWS? Fewer high schools are operating school newspapers these days as student interest wanes. Daily Camera

DINO HELPER A dancing, stop sign-holding Tyrannosaurus Rex acted as a crossing guard Friday morning at the World Compass Academy in Castle Rock. 9News