THIRD WAY The Denver school district is soliciting more schools to join its first “innovation zone,” a bold experiment that grants autonomy to public schools, even as the district is once again negotiating with the zone over how its schools should be funded. Chalkbeat

RURAL EXPERIENCE A federally funded program gives aspiring teachers field experiences in Colorado’s rural districts. The Gazette

THREAT RESOLVED Two schools in Walsenburg were set to reopen today after a threat from an expelled student. The Gazette, KOAA

LUNCH LESSONS  School districts are being required this year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set policies on how they will handle delinquent meal tabs. The Gazette

GIRL SCOUT WIN A Girl Scout troop in Aurora spurred the adoption of Colorado’s first vehicle smoking ban to protect minors. Denver Post