WEIGHT FOR IT More Colorado charter schools are using weighted lotteries to make their student populations better reflect the community. Chalkbeat

MIND THE GAP Three years into Colorado’s move to more challenging tests aligned with the state’s academic standards, the gaps separating the scores of students with and without disabilities remain wide. Chalkbeat

CONSEQUENCES OF CLOSURE Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according to one of the largest studies ever of school closures. Chalkbeat

DUE DILIGENCE Boulder High School sent a letter to parents asking about any negative experiences with a former contracted cheerleading coach who has been accused of forcing students to do the splits at Denver’s East High School. Daily Camera

BOND SEASON The board for Colorado Springs School District 11 voted to place a $42 million bond measure on the November ballot that would repair and renovate schools, boost teacher and staff pay, add counselors and more. Gazette, Colorado Springs Independent

HELP WANTED Solving Colorado’s teacher shortage isn’t likely to be fixed by government alone, state education officials say. Gazette

GROWING STEM STEM education is taking root in southwest Colorado communities and includes a partnership with Colorado Mesa University. Telluride Daily Planet/The Norwood Post