Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • 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...

  • Religious freedom lawsuit against Colorado Springs school dropped

    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A nonprofit legal organization has withdrawn a federal civil rights lawsuit it filed in November, after the leader of a prayer group at Pine Creek High said the school prohibited students from praying and talking about religious topics during a period called "seminar." A U.S....

  • Timing error in SAT test books won't affect scores, College Board rules

    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    After announcing that the June 6 SAT test contained a printing error in the test books administered in the United States, The College Board said Monday that affected sections will not be scored. “We will still be able to provide reliable scores for all students who took the SAT on...

  • Colorado Springs school district expanding bus service

    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Gaby Gomez’s son won’t have to rely on his little legs for transportation when he starts first grade in August at Wilson Elementary School. Wilson and five other elementary schools in Colorado Springs School District 11 that have not had bus service will soon. “It’s good,” Gomez...

  • Colorado Springs school districts not alone with teacher retention problems

    Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    A smaller stable of candidates, stymied funding and stiff competition have made attracting and keeping good teachers increasingly difficult for local public school districts. But, "It's not just Colorado. Places are struggling with teacher recruitment nationwide," said Paul McCarty,...

  • Falcon counselor honored for achievements in non-traditional school

    Updated: Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    There are no walls inside Falcon Virtual Academy, an online and blended-learning school on Constitution Avenue off Powers Boulevard. Instead of classrooms with desks, brightly colored sectional couches and cushiony chairs arranged in a coffeehouse fashion occupy the school's large open...

  • Peyton Manning's kids' foundation donates $10,000 to Colorado Springs cause

    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation has awarded Pikes Peak Community College a $10,000 grant for PPCC Kids College, a summer program for at-risk middle school students to explore possible careers. The grant enables PPCC to offer scholarships to qualifying...

  • New El Paso County school superintendent will keep principal job

    Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The principal at Prairie Heights Elementary School will put on another hat in a few weeks. He'll also become superintendent of the Pikes Peak region's smallest school district. Grant Schmidt, who has been principal at Prairie Heights for the past three years, will take over as...

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