CLOSING TIME? Four of the five Jeffco elementary schools recommended for closure have student poverty rates well above the district average. Chalkbeat Colorado

Superintendent Dan McMinimee said the district had to act after the school board prioritized teacher pay following the failure of proposed tax increases on the November ballot. Chalkbeat Colorado

Local TV stations covered the school closure recommendations. 9News, Denver7, CBS4, Fox 31 

TIME’S UP A dozen Colorado schools face drastic changes after they failed to boost student learning enough during the last six years. Chalkbeat Colorado, CPR

Assessing how Aurora schools fared on the finalized state quality ratings. Aurora Sentinel

FEELING THE PINCH Budget woes are hitting both Jeffco and Aurora public schools. Denver Post 

SPEAKING OUT Denver Public Schools and the state’s teachers unions are opposing Trump administration executive orders — issued and anticipated — about immigration and refugees. AP via Denver Post, 9News

The Greeley-Evans School District 6 superintendent joined with educators from Colorado and nationwide in signing a letter of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Greeley Tribune

VOICES FOR CHOICES Students, parents and school teachers rallied at Colorado Capitol for National School Choice Week. Denver Post

HELP WANTED Nederland Elementary School parents and teachers are lobbying for more teachers. Daily Camera 

MOVERS AND SHAKERS St. Vrain school district’s new Erie PK-8 school has a principal. Daily Camera