POLITICAL PROFILE Two political newcomers are dueling for a wide-open school board seat in southwest Denver, a region of the city that has seen a multitude of school improvement efforts in recent years. Chalkbeat

CLOSING THE GAP Black and Latino students in Colorado still lag behind their white peers in academic performance and healthiness, but the gaps separating the different groups have shrunk in the last three years, according to a new report. Chalkbeat

COLORADO VOTES 2017 Dozens of school board races across the state — including some in El Paso County — have been canceled. Here are a few reasons. Gazette

TWO CENTS The Denver Post endorsed a slate of Douglas County school board candidates that support defending the school district’s private school voucher program. Denver Post, Chalkbeat

HEALTHY SCHOOLS A campaign, started by students in suburban Denver after two of their peers took their own lives in the same week, asks teenagers on social media to stop posting worrying about followers and be with real-life friends. CPR

CRIME BEAT District Attorney George Brauchler has been named the special prosecutor in the Denver South High School student groping case. Denver Post, 9News

Meanwhile, four officials from South, including the school’s principal and a student adviser, will be returning to work after being placed on administrative leave. ABC7

HONOR ROLL Pueblo officials recognized schools for academic achievement at a recent school board meeting. Pueblo Chieftain