SPECIAL EDUCATION Why did students with special needs show less academic growth on state tests than students without special needs? Experts offer three possible explanations. Chalkbeat Colorado

GROWING GAPS Denver students from disadvantaged backgrounds are progressing slower on state tests than their more privileged peers — and the gulf between the groups is widening. Chalkbeat Colorado

GAINING GROUND One Aurora school’s latest improvement strategy — built around fostering a positive culture and changing how kids are taught to write — could be paying off. Chalkbeat Colorado

MORE GROWTH Students in the Cañon City School District are progressing more quickly in math and English than students in other parts of the state, according to academic growth data released Tuesday. Cañon City Daily Record

CALL TO ACTION National charter network KIPP is urging its schools to take action this week to show support for the family of Terence Crutcher, a black man shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chalkbeat

PEACEFUL PROTEST A group of Aurora Central High football players have chosen not to stand for the national anthem for the first three games this season and plan to continue to do so. Denver Post

LEARNING LEADERSHIP A new middle school course at Aurora West Prep Academy is meant bolster the leadership and communication skills of students, many of whom are English language learners. Aurora Sentinel

TRUMP TOUR Ivanka Trump, the daughter and one of the leading surrogates of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, is scheduled to tour a Fort Collins charter school on Thursday. Coloradoan

SCHOOL SEGREGATION Why Indianapolis Public Schools can’t integrate on its own — a report from our sister site in Indiana. Chalkbeat Indiana

BIG ORDER Blackjack Pizza is working on a pizza order from Denver Public Schools that could be worth $2.6 million. 9News

MARCHING AHEAD A Westminster 16-year-old’s muscular dystrophy diagnosis doesn’t stop him from participating in one of the things he loves: high school marching band. Westminster Window

LEGALLY IRKED Local attorneys and advocates are questioning Pueblo City Schools’ use of a Boulder law firm, arguing that Pueblo lawyers are capable of doing the job. Pueblo Chieftain

SCHOOL SAFETY If Greeley voters approve a property tax hike in November, a portion of that money will go toward installing security camera systems at Northridge, Greeley Central and Greeley West high schools. Greeley Tribune

SCHOOL FUNDING One of the lowest-funded districts in the state, Pueblo County School District 70, is asking voters to approve a tax increase that would generate more than $1 million annually for the purchase of vital instructional materials and upgrades. Pueblo Chieftain

REST IN PEACE A Colorado Springs charter school is mourning the death of a sophomore whose body was found on the campus Monday in what authorities have ruled a suicide. Gazette

FIRST RESPONDERS Even though school has been in session for only about a month, district crisis teams have been busy this year. 9News