OPT-OUT COMPROMISE In an effort to keep federal dollars flowing to Colorado classrooms, the State Board of Education voted Wednesday to create two quality systems for the state’s schools — the existing one and a new one that meets federal requirements. Chalkbeat

READ ACT RULES The State Board of Education also ended a two-year debate over how to measure the reading skills of Colorado’s youngest students learning English as a second language when it unanimously adopted new policies. Chalkbeat

ENTER TO WIN A Denver-based investment group will soon launch a national contest meant to help scale up great ideas in the early childhood field — specifically efforts focused on children birth to 3 years old. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CHOICE A new study finds families in New York City aren’t flocking to the most effective schools but are looking for schools with higher-achieving students. Chalkbeat

EARLY CHILDHOOD Preschool teacher Michaela Rowcotsky told a high-ranking state official Wednesday that early childhood educators need more respect. “We’re looked at as baby sitters. We’re not baby sitters.” Gazette

SCHOOL BOARD RACES The school board race in Douglas County is again expected to have national implications. For many observers, the race boils down to one word – vouchers. 7News

The five candidates for school board in Aspen sparred at a candidate forum Wednesday over the pace of progress teacher morale has made in recent years. Aspen Times

VISION DOCUMENT As Chalkbeat previously reported, new Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass has released a vision document that emphasizes hands-on education and expanded off-campus programs. Denver Post