Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado mining town site for upcoming movie

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    VICTOR - A preacher, a chef, a railroad buff and other residents of this historic town are leaving their real lives behind for a few days to become a buyer of bodies, his sidekick, a blind man and a host of other odd but endearing characters. Denver-based Endeavor PICS, an independent...

  • Air Academy students play artistic role at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Kira Olson graduated from Air Academy High School last month and will head to art school in Santa Fe this fall but already has completed her first commissioned piece that will be seen by millions of people. "It took awhile to make and was hard to figure out, but it feels awesome," she...

  • Everyone's Handyman: Listeners, readers depend on Ken Moon's 'Around the House' advice

    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs resident Ken Moon met Rush Limbaugh on a cruise years ago, and the conservative political commentator gave Moon some advice. "I had just started my talk radio show, and he said to me, the main thing in talk radio is to be yourself because the audience can tell if...

  • Furry and slithery visitors light up classroom for special-needs students

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Eleven-year-old Ethan Honea puffed up his shoulders, stuck out his tongue, yelled "ha" really loudly and tried to blow bubbles out of his eyes. Ethan and 43 other special-needs students in Falcon School District 49's Extended School Year program were mimicking the actions of the...

  • Monument schoolchildren learn that one person's trash becomes a charity's treasure

    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Kids might like eating mini muffins and slurping applesauce and juice from squeezable pouches, but sorting the trash that results from snacking is anything but fun. "It smells. It's nasty," said Gwen Shindel, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Prairie Winds Elementary School in...

  • Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that promotes school choice by helping low-income families pay for school uniforms, tutoring, summer school, transportation and computers, has received two grants that will fund operations fot the coming school year. The...

  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 to participate in active shooter exercise

    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in coordination with other agencies will conduct an active shooter exercise at Carson Middle School at 10 a.m., in conjunction with Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services and other agencies.  The school is located at 6200 Prussman...

  • Head Start program to aid local families with college savings plan

    Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    About 300 local preschoolers from low-income families will be among 2,000 youngsters statewide to get a head start on college. A pilot program of the Colorado Department of Human Services will give 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in six Head Start programs around the state, including the...

  • Colorado education board chief resigns from 'dysfunctional' board, slams colleagues

    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Discord, dysfunction and delayed decision-making are among the reasons Marcia Neal cited Thursday in resigning as chairwoman of the Colorado State Board of Education. "Unfortunately, I do not see that the current board is interested in working together and reaching consensus," her...

  • Local school district board selects new member following a resignation

    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The newest member of the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board of education is a former principal with 33 years of experience in the field. Julie Jadomski was chosen this week from a pool of applicants for the District 5 position, open due to the resignation of Robb Pike in May. Pike...

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