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Now, onto the news. Today, we have stories on how Adams 14 plans to pay for an outside manager to oversee its schools, the Durango lawmaker who will head the House Education Committee, and an effort in the Roaring Fork Valley to forge closer ties between charter schools and district-run schools.

Have a great day and thank you for supporting local journalism!

— Ann Schimke, senior reporter


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AT WHAT COST Adams 14, the first district in Colorado under state orders to hire an outside manager for its schools, must now figure out how to pay for those services. Chalkbeat

STAYING POWER In the besieged Adams 14 district, many students and educators have left in recent years. But some have committed to staying. Denver Post

OPINION The authors argue that Colorado Springs District 11 should have welcomed a charter school proposal by Mike Miles, a former superintendent in Dallas and the Harrison district, not rejected it as they did last week. The Gazette

CHARTER COMPACT A years-long effort in the Roaring Fork school district aims to establish closer ties, possibly including a common enrollment schedule and an agreement to share property tax proceeds, between the district and two charter schools. Post Independent

HEAD OF ED State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, a Democrat from Durango and a former Durango High School teacher, was appointed chairwoman of the House Education Committee and a member of the Rural Affairs Committee on Sunday. Durango Herald

AMERICAN DREAM Some new homes in Denver’s Green Valley Ranch neighborhood start at $220,000 and carry a discount for teachers, emergency first responders and military members. Denver Post

MOVER AND SHAKER Lewis Ferebee, a former teacher, principal, and the current superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools, will soon become the new school chancellor in Washington, D.C. Chalkbeat