Q & A Lisa Roy, the executive director of early childhood education for Denver Public Schools talks about a citywide effort to help children read better, especially in areas of concentrated poverty. Chalkbeat Colorado

BUDGET WOES Aurora is looking to shrink next year’s budget by $31 million. Aurora Sentinel

SCHOOL FUNDING Two bordering school districts have one of the largest gaps in comparing their children in poverty and it reflects in the funding they get. Colorado Public Radio

CLOSING SCHOOLS Peck Elementary School parents are trying to save their Arvada school from closure. KDVR

FREE SPEECH A proposed bill would stop colleges from restricting free speech to safe zones on campus. Denver Post

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT Colorado’s Department of Higher Education has a new leader. Colorado Statesman

TWO CENTS Eagle County Schools Superintendent shares three lessons he thinks can be shared with students to contradict some of what they are seeing in the media these days. Vail Daily