Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Pikes Peak region student reviews are mixed as controversial state testing begins

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    New, controversial state-mandated exams started this week for many of Colorado's third- through 11th-grade public school students. While there were rumors of walkouts at some local schools, none seemed to materialize, and students reported mixed feelings about the testing debate. "It...

  • Ring-a-ding-ding: Snowy day means freebies for Colorado Springs jewelry store customers


    About 160 people in the Pikes Peak region won a Jack Frost jackpot, thanks to 5 inches of snow that fell at the Colorado Springs Airport on Feb. 21. Under a Snow and Ice promotion put on by Luisa Graff Jewelers, customers who purchased items at full price between Jan. 17 and Feb. 14...

  • PPCC expands to Teller County with unique classroom

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WOODLAND PARK - With winds gusting up to 20 mph, a chill in the morning air and snow melt creating muddy rivulets, it wasn't easy to pinpoint the origin of Fountain Creek on a topographical map and document the findings in a field journal. But students in Kristen Kubina's mountain...

  • Colorado's Second Lady to speak on women and race during International Women's Day event

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present an International Women's Day program on Women, Race and Global Minorities on Monday. The guest speaker will be Claire Oberon Garcia, an English professor and director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program at Colorado College. She...

  • Calhan Elementary boosts achievement with help from Colorado Turnaround Network

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Linda Slothower was hired to be principal at Calhan Elementary School in August 2013. A few weeks later, she found out the school wasn't doing so well. It had a "priority improvement" rating on the state's accountability system, the second lowest. "That was very concerning," she...

  • Struggling Colorado Springs middle school gets one-year reprieve

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place." The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic...

  • Colorado Springs mom stresses knowing parents' rights in education

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Wake up! Be informed!" That's the message a local mother of three who has been around the educational block has for other parents. Bethany Drosendahl served as a parent representative on a 15-member, statewide task force lawmakers formed last year to study Colorado's standardized...

  • Chicago developer wants to build apartment complex near Colorado Springs university

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students may have another off-campus apartment complex to choose from, if plans of a Chicago-based developer materialize. GG Land Group, a limited- liability company developing more than 30 off-campus student apartment sites across the...

  • Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The team is being recognized for being named Colorado Best in State for the app members created in the 2014-15 Verizon Innovation...

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public...