LONG TIME COMING An innovative new preschool opens in a northeast Denver neighborhood serving all kids — including those with challenging behavior and other special needs — in the same classrooms. Chalkbeat Colorado

MIXED MESSAGES After the latest PARCC data release, some Denver schools celebrate while others wonder what went wrong. Chalkbeat Colorado

TEACHER PAY Denver Public Schools’ decade-old teacher pay system doesn’t always result in bigger paychecks for the best teachers, has a mixed impact on student achievement and ought to be revamped, a new study suggests. Chalkbeat Colorado

BROAD SUPPORT New polling finds that more than 8 in 10 Colorado voters believe the state should increase access to quality early childhood education — and that support is strong for paying teachers more. Chalkbeat Colorado

DREAM TEAM Graduates of a Greeley program for first-generation college students tell their stories. Greeley Tribune

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY The PTA at South Lakewood Elementary School is recognized for its efforts promoting diversity and inclusion. Lakewood Sentinel 

STUMPING AT SCHOOL Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican presidential nominee, visited a Fort Collins charter school headed up by former GOP congressman Bob Schaffer. Reporter Herald, 7News, Coloradoan

TOO SOON? College athletics recruiters are targeting kids as early as middle school, which one lacrosse coach described as evidence of a broken system. FOX31 

PAYING RESPECTS The community remembers a married couple, both high school science teachers, killed in a vehicle crash near Loveland. Daily Camera