EARLY TRANSITIONS Why some school districts are putting more emphasis — and grant funding — toward easing the transition to kindergarten. Chalkbeat Colorado

APPROVED A divided Aurora school board Tuesday narrowly approved the application of a Denver-based charter school seeking to replace a struggling elementary school that serves mostly low-income kids in northwest Aurora. Chalkbeat Colorado

AND APPROVED AND APPROVED The Aurora school board on Tuesday also approved two other charter schools: Academy of Advanced Learning and Vega Collegiate Academy. Aurora Sentinel

OPINION Voters should force a recall election since embattled Aurora school board member Eric Nelson won’t resign in the wake of allegations he lied about his education and embellished his military record, says the editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Aurora Sentinel

District 51 is in a tough financial position, and voters need to consider the value they place on ensuring Mesa County children are afforded the best chance to succeed, says the Grand Junction Sentinel. Grand Junction Sentinel

A BIG ASK Voters in the Thompson School District will be asked to approve a $288 million bond issue to pay for building new schools and upgrading old ones, as well as an $11 million mill levy override to boost teacher salaries and more. Loveland Reporter-Herald

NEW SCHOOL IN TOWN After nearly three years of rejections by the Englewood school board, TriCity Academy has been authorized to open by the state Charter School Institute. The Villager

COOKING IN CLASS The Manitou Springs School District is launching an in-house culinary program. Colorado Springs Independent

BRINGING BACK THE ARTS A program created by Denver’s first lady aims to give all students access to at least one form of the arts. Channel 7