Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Anti-test rally to be held at State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    It’s Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean those who oppose excessive standardized testing in Colorado are taking time off. Parents, students, educators and community members will rally at noon Wednesday on the west steps of the State Capital around the theme, “Our Students Are More...

  • Buddy system helps blind Colorado Springs girl feel at home in the water

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Three years ago, Kelsey Shelton was a scaredy cat in the water. She was too afraid to put her face in and blow bubbles like other beginner swimmers. She thought she might drown. Today, 18-year-old Kelsey, a junior at Rampart High School, is as home in the water as a duck or a fish....

  • Fundraiser launched to help Colorado Springs school district buy local beef after price hikes

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Rising beef prices and new government regulations led to a tough decision for one of the region's leading advocates for locally sourced food. And, now, a fundraising drive has launched to try to reverse the course. Rick Hughes, director of food and nutrition services for Colorado...

  • No student data compromised during last week's computer system attack

    Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Last week's "denial of service attack" during standardized testing in Colorado Springs School District 11 did not result in any student information being compromised, according to Devra Ashby, D-11 spokeswoman. Student information was not mined during the event pn the morning of...

  • Computer attack during standardized testing delays some exams in Colorado Springs school district

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    At least one Colorado public school district's computer system was hacked during new Common Core-aligned statewide testing. Colorado Springs School District 11, the Pikes Peak region's largest public school district with about 28,400 students, experienced what's known as a denial of...

  • Colorado students nabbed for sharing test information via social media

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A handful of Colorado students have been reprimanded for sharing information about new standardized test questions on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media, according to the Colorado Department of Education. And Pearson State Assessment Services, the company that's...

  • Science experiment gives Colorado Springs students a unique lesson

    Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    What happens to a grape when it travels to the edge of space and back? Jacob Wilson, a student in Misty Garland's advanced eighth-grade science class at Jenkins Middle School, thought it might explode. Or turn into a raisin, said Jacob's science partner, Kevin Beaudin. "I wanted to...

  • Pedestrian killed in Walmart parking lot ID'd; police say vehicle was stolen

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Jenny M. Carrillo, the 66-year-old woman who died after being hit in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fountain Monday, was struck by a woman driving a vehicle she stole from her parents, according to an arrest affidavit. Fountain police records show Rebecca Jeanette Champigny, 27, took the...

  • Wanted suspect turns himself in to Colorado Springs police

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A man wanted by police on suspicion of being involved with a felony assault that occurred at the Finish Line Lounge in February turned himself into Colorado Springs Police early Wednesday morning. Felipe DeHerrera, 27, turned himself in at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police had circulated...

  • K-9 police dog bites suspect during arrest

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A man Colorado Springs Police suspect of being involved with a sexual assault on a child was bitten by a K-9 police dog while officers tried to arrest him Tuesday night. Orlando Mendez, 21, was taken to Memorial Hospital, treated for injuries and taken to jail on suspicion of sexual...

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