‘LEAP OF FAITH’ In an effort to grant more schools greater flexibility, Denver Public Schools is considering creating more innovation zones and adding more schools to its existing zone. Chalkbeat

OUT OF TIME State education department officials have rejected the Adams 14 School District’s attempt to avoid state sanctions for continued poor academic performance, citing a lack of evidence showing improvement. Chalkbeat

THE RACE THICKENS A second Colorado lawmaker with deep roots in the state’s education community, state Sen. Michael Merrifield, is considering a run for the governor’s mansion in 2018. Chalkbeat, ColoradoPolitics

SHOW OF SUPPORT The Boulder Valley school board on Tuesday voted unanimously on a resolution supporting “immigrant families and other vulnerable families” following Donald Trump’s election. Daily Camera

LABOR DAY Dozens of Pueblo teachers asked the city’s school board for fair compensation and transparency as they head into their next negotiation meeting. KOAA 

TIME OFF Parents can help keep their students engaged in learning during winter break to keep their brains working. Durango Herald