ELECTION MESSAGING A Denver school board candidate is angry after supporters of her opponent are tying her to President Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. Chalkbeat

TRACKING MONEY A group filed a complaint against an independent political committee supporting a union-backed slate of Douglas County school board candidates. Chalkbeat

TEACHER OF THE YEAR A long-time first grade teacher who uses a focus on equity was named this year’s Colorado Teacher of the Year. Chalkbeat, Gazette

HOW I LEAD A principal of a prize-winning school in Colorado Springs likes to take on a lot of duties. Chalkbeat

GRADUATION GUIDELINES New guidelines school districts are rolling out are meant to encourage flexibility, officials say. Denver Post

DISCONNECT Student research found opposing perspectives about how much LGBTQ students in Boulder are supported by their schools. Daily Camera

SCHOOL RATINGS Four Colorado Springs schools placed on turnaround status, the lowest rating given to schools. Gazette