COMMON SENSE Colorado lawmakers are to be briefed Wednesday on how the state education department is conducting a review of the state’s academic standards, which include the politically controversial Common Core. Chalkbeat

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE Changes including more dual language classes, increasing teacher training and adding more advanced coursework are just some of the reasons why graduation rates skyrocketed at a high-poverty Jefferson County high school. Chalkbeat

ONWARD AND UPWARD Englewood educators are celebrating a major turnaround — earning the state’s lowest quality rating in 2010 to the second highest this year — and looking ahead to what they expect to be a bright future for local students. Denver Post

DENVER’S GENTRIFICATION With more demand for houses, rents are up close to downtown, in turn driving some families out. As a result, schools near downtown are shrinking. 9News

SCHOOL SAFETY Teachers and staff members in at least a dozen of Colorado’s most remote school districts are arming themselves instead of waiting for local law enforcement to rescue them in the face of a Columbine-style attack. Denver Post

And a Republican-led state Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow some teachers or other public school employees to carry handguns on campus with appropriate training. AP via Greeley Tribune,

SCHOOL FUNDING For the first time in a decade, the state’s share of education funding in Colorado will not need a mid-year adjustment. Colorado Statesman

THE SHOW MUST GO ON Westminster High School’s theater program has been selected to participate in a two-year evaluation that will monitor and analyze the impact that theater has on a student’s behavior, attendance and engagement. Denver Post