TEACHER DIVERSITY This year’s Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists feature no shortage of stories of inspiration and dedication. But one thing that is lacking: teachers of color. Chalkbeat Colorado

CHANGING CITY Two elementary schools in working-class north Denver neighborhoods will share a $120,000 grant to fund staff to address some of the challenges facing the gentrifying communities. Chalkbeat Colorado

LACK OF SERVICES At Glenwood Springs High School, there is no mental health professional on campus despite a “huge need.” Aspen Daily News

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Wiggins High School students don’t have to wait for graduation to find out what it’s like to work at a high-paying job thanks to a new apprenticeship program that began this school year. Fort Morgan Times

TAKING THE LEAD More than 200 Denver Public Schools student leaders gathered downtown Monday evening as part of a program to change lives, in their school communities and perhaps beyond, for the better. Denver Post

DOUGCO Q&A The interim superintendent of the Douglas County School District, who formerly ran a charter school, says she plans to focus on the district’s culture. Douglas County News-Press

DRESS CODE FLAP Students and parents spoke out against Cheyenne Mountain School District 12’s dress code at a meeting Monday, but the school board ultimately decided to leave it virtually unchanged. KRDO

MORE CLASSROOMS NEEDED Science teachers told the Steamboat Springs Board of Education Monday that, while the district has a robust science program, a lack of science classrooms complicates classes. Steamboat Springs Pilot and Today

NEW BOUNDARY The Boulder Valley school board will get its first look Tuesday at the proposed boundary for a new pre-K-8 school under construction in Erie. Daily Camera

CLOWN THREATS The Greeley Police Department says it is investigating potential threats against several schools that involve clowns and social media, but none of them appear credible. 9News, 7News, Fox31