BIG WIG Colorado’s efforts to improve the quality of its early childhood programs will get a moment in the spotlight Monday when U.S. Secretary of Education John King swings through Denver as part of a two-day tour calling attention to the issue. Chalkbeat Colorado

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK After a seven-year ban, diet soda would get the green light to return to high school vending machines if the State Board of Education approves proposed changes to state beverage rules next month. Chalkbeat Colorado

GET WITH THE TIMES Colorado has cracked open the door to multi-district online learning a little wider. The Colorado State Board of Education approved certification for two schools at its June meeting at Pueblo Community College, at the same meeting where it recognized three teachers and a counselor for excellence in blended and online education. Watchdog

UH OH With the sudden departure of Superintendent Constance Jones, the naming of a new assistant superintendent and interim chief financial officer by the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education has garnered the attention of the Pueblo Education Association. Pueblo Chieftain

SHOW ME THE MONEY With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money. So why aren’t high-profile philanthropic organizations giving? Chalkbeat