CRIME & PUNISHMENT Colorado school districts that violate the state’s opt-out laws could jeopardize their accreditation after the State Board of Education last week approved new rules. Chalkbeat

BEST OF THE BEST Meet the six finalists for Colorado’s teacher of the year. Chalkbeat

Four of the six, by the way, are from the Colorado Springs area. Gazette

CAREER TRAINING Following the kickoff of a new statewide apprenticeship program earlier in the week, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet announced he’s co-sponsoring a bill to create a grant program to beef up the nation’s career and technical offerings in public schools. Chalkbeat

BACK TO THE THE FUTURE PARRC, the multi-state testing group Colorado belongs to, is rethinking its future. EdWeek

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BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS A Boulder high school was recognized for closing the “opportunity gap.” Daily Camera

MR. MADERA GOES TO WASHINGTON Meet a Greeley high school student who plans to attend the inauguration of the next president. Greeley Tribune

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Boulder Valley schools are adding more local produce to the lunch menu. Daily Camera

GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE, LIFE A Steamboat Springs teacher donated a kidney to help a former student. 9News

TRAGEDY A married couple, both teachers in northern Colorado, were killed in an auto crash this weekend. They are survived by their 2-year-old child. 7News

DIET DRAMA An editor for The Denver Post called last week’s diet soda controversy a “waste of time and human potential.” Denver Post

SAFE SCHOOLS Students at Silver Creek High School in Longmont were released from classes early after “vague threats” to the school became too much of a distraction. Denver Post