MOVING ON In voting to search for a new superintendent, Jeffco school board members denied their decision was politically motivated and cited lingering perceptions of distrust. Chalkbeat Colorado, Denver Post, 9News

STATE OF FUNDING Gov. John Hickenlooper in his State of the State address called for a “common sense” plan to fund Colorado schools, but he didn’t offer specifics about what that might look like. Chalkbeat Colorado 

HEAD COUNT Colorado’s student population this school year grew at its slowest rate since 1989, further evidence that shifting demographics are having a significant impact on public schools. Chalkbeat Colorado, Colorado Public Radio

Growth in Colorado Springs-area schools is headed north and east. Gazette

Poudre School District enrollment fell short of projections. Coloradoan

‘CUTTING EDGE’  A proposed district-run innovation school in downtown Greeley would take away walls, desks and chairs — encouraging kids to explore. Greeley Tribune

TURNED DOWN The Jeffco school board also voted to deny a Montessori school’s charter for the second time, though the school may now appeal to the State Board of Education. Lakewood Sentinel

SURVEY SAYS A national survey reports Colorado schools remain “hostile environments” for LGBT youth. Colorado Independent

SAFETY FIRST The Aspen school district has removed seat belts from large buses, citing safety concerns. Aspen Times