Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    It's all about the fit. J.D. Elvrum needed to do school work at his own pace and be able to travel with his family, so he moved from a traditional school to an online school. Devon Klingman wanted to be around lots of students and more clubs, activities and academic choices, so she...

  • Graduation, drop-out rates better statewide, mixed in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    More Colorado students are staying in school and getting their high school diplomas, but local graduation and dropout rates are mixed. Statewide, statistics the Colorado Department of Education released Thursday show the on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014 increased 0.4...

  • New program dishes up Colorado Springs students' meals

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    One of the Pikes Peak region's most impoverished school districts leads the state in the number of students eating free meals through a federal program that started last fall. Harrison School District 2, in which nearly three-quarters of its 11,441 students come from low-income...

  • Program will help area families prepare tax returns for free

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax return preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Pikes Peak Community College is working with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide the service. IRS-certified PPCC students will prepare...

  • Two new Governor's Council awards recognize health in schools, workplace

    Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will launch two new awards this year: The Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness and the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness. Founded in 1975, the bipartisan Council is made up of governor-appointed members and...

  • Free tax preparation for low, moderate-income households starts Saturday

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Locally, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide the service. IRS-certified PPCC students will prepare...

  • PPCC instructor wins award for his undergraduate neuroscience work

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Wes Colgan, an adjunct instructor at Pikes Peak Community College, has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The international organization focuses on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level. The award is given...

  • Sky High Ranch again to offer summer resident camps for girls

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Girl Scouts of Colorado is re-opening resident camp this summer at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park, and registration has begun. Sessions are open to all girls over age 6 and include such activities as a zipline, archery, backpacking, photography and rock climbing. Resident camps...

  • Colorado lawmakers continue introducing bills to limit testing

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Chalkbeat Colorado, a nonprofit news organization covering educational change, is following education measures Colorado lawmakers are introducing. Five bills on standardized testing and academic standards have been introduced so far in this session, according to Chalkbeat reporter...

  • Dr. Martin Luther King's work celebrated with calls to continue his work

    Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    As someone who knew Martin Luther King Jr., there's nowhere community activist and local pastor Jesse Brown Jr. would rather be on the federal holiday marking King's birthday than the All People's Breakfast in Colorado Springs. "It's part of who I am," he said Monday, at the sixth...

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