LEGISLATING DISCIPLINE An examination of state data on out-of-school suspensions of young students shows that boys — and boys of color — are just as likely to be suspended at higher rates in rural schools as they are urban ones. That flies in the face of claims made earlier by rural superintendents who helped kill a bill that would reform the state’s suspension policies. Chalkbeat

LIFELINE FOR RURAL SCHOOLS A bipartisan legislative package that would provide much-needed financial relief to Colorado’s rural schools, roads and hospitals has cleared its first legislative hurdle. Chalkbeat

SEXTING Colorado lawmakers are racing to find a compromise on the hot-button topic of teen sexting as two dueling bills seeking to address the issue appear destined to fail without major changes and amalgamation. Denver Post, Times-Call

TWO CENTS Education and career training are shaping up to be major themes of the 2018 Colorado’s governor’s race — at least among Democrats. Daily Sentinel