Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Two Colorado Springs high schools rank among the best in the state

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Two charter high schools in Colorado Springs are among the top 10 in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2015 ranking of best high schools. The Vanguard School in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 is rated second best in the state, behind No 1. Liberty Commons...

  • PPCC students help low-income tax filers get refunds

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Pikes Peak Community College, along with the Denver-based Piton Foundation, provided free tax preparation for 775 low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. Twenty-nine Internal Revenue Service certified students spent 1,100 hours preparing and filing the...

  • Middle school girl wins recent Math Olympiad for first time in its history

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    For the first time in the 32-year history of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a middle school girl won a first-place prize. Sara Gao, an eighth graader from Campus Middle School in Englewood was one of four first prize winners in...

  • Study: Teachers say they're stressed out

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.6 million educators, released on Tuesday the results of a survey on well-being, working conditions and stressors for teachers and school support staff across the country. More than 30,000 educators filled out the first of its kind,...

  • Deadline for students to enter Chipotle's essay contest about food nears

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a Cultivating Thought essay contest, a writing scholarship competition for students ages 13 to 18. Essays are due May 31. By entering original stories about a time when food created a memory, participating students will have the chance to see their...

  • Secretary of Education to multi-task during this week's visit to Denver

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Denver Wednesday and Thursday to take part in a roundtable with Native youth, a basketball clinic, a school visit, a lunch with the Denver Education Compact and keynote remarks at Denver Community College’s graduation ceremony. On...

  • Doherty High students advance to national auto skills competition

    Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Doherty High School automotive students Tyler Crist and Robert Espitia-Sanchez won the state title in the hands-on portion of the 2015 Ford/AAA Students Auto Skills Competition. They will represent Colorado at the National Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition in Dearborn, Mich.,...

  • Busy graduation season in Pikes Peak region offers traditions, new ideas

    Updated: Sun, May 10, 2015

    The large structure next to Tricia Lindsey's house in Security is no longer a garage. It's party central. Gone are her husband's car, the gardening tools, old sports equipment and the sundry stuff the family has collected over the years. Tables and chairs now occupy the space....

  • Confusion over report leads to extra patrols at Woodland Park schools

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    A misunderstood report of a suspicious person in the area caused Woodland Park schools to be placed on "secure perimeter" Friday morning, meaning the town's police frequently patrolled the areas around the three public schools. But after Woodland Park Police learned the incident was...

  • Biofuel Co-op eager to provide alternative fuel in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    An idea that's been puttering along for several years has gained enough momentum to generate excitement among local alternative fuel supporters. Members of Colorado Springs Biofuel Co-op, a group that formed in 2013 to increase public awareness and availability of homegrown organic...

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