OFF THE LIST Two small Colorado school districts have improved their schools enough to avoid the drastic scenario of the state stepping in to force changes. Chalkbeat Colorado

RACE AND BIAS Two months after a critical report detailed how black educators feel mistreated by Denver Public Schools, district officials Monday acknowledged the existence of institutional racism and outlined a plan for how they will respond. Chalkbeat Colorado

TABOR FIGHT A long-running legal challenge to Colorado’s constitutional amendment limiting tax revenues gained significant new allies Monday: school boards from five school districts. Chalkbeat Colorado, Denver Post

INCREASING EQUITY A Denver-based organization is getting a big boost from the federal government to help more schools improve educational opportunities for underserved students. Chalkbeat Colorado

HIGHER EDUCATION The first cohort of Colorado students with Down syndrome starts college this fall following a 2008 federal law that said people with intellectual disabilities have the right to attend. Denver Post

DONOR WALL The Aspen school board on Monday said it was poised to pass a new donor recognition policy during its next meeting, despite worries that it may further a sense of class division in a town of great wealth disparity. Aspen Daily News

IN PROTEST High school football players all over the country, including in Aurora, are kneeling during the national anthem. “We see police do us wrong,” one Aurora student said. “We see our teachers give up on us and expect us to fail. We’ve always seen this. Once we saw somebody else stand up against it, we just fell in line.” New York Times

SHARING HIS STORY Denver high school student Shambel Zeru, who fled violence in his home country of Eritrea, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for more resources to help refugees in the U.S. Colorado Public Radio

DOUGCO VACANCY The Douglas County School Board will conduct interviews Tuesday with the candidates vying for an open seat on the board in hopes that the body leading the state’s third-largest school district can get back to full strength. Denver Post

SEXTING CONSEQUENCES In the wake of six criminal cases related to sexting in Fort Morgan schools over the last year, local law enforcement officers are educating students about the potential consequences. Fort Morgan Times

REDUCE, REUSE… Inside a Poudre School District elementary school that recycles two-thirds of its trash. Coloradoan

CLOWN THREATS A national social media trend threatening the arrival of scary-looking clowns continues to frighten students and parents in Colorado Springs, but area school officials believe the threats are harmless. Gazette