Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado Springs-area high schools move graduation ceremonies over security

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Note: Click here to see the entire graduation calendar for colleges and high schools in the Colorado Springs area. Graduation season kicks into high gear Friday, May 15. Heightened security at the Air Force Academy and other military installations has prompted two local high...

  • A first at UCCS: Student to graduate from college before high school

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    From UCCS’ spokesman Tom Hutton comes this news: A Colorado Springs teen will earn a bachelor’s degree on Friday from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs – two weeks before he graduates from high school or passes his driver’s license exam. With what he calls "faith, trust...

  • Colorado Springs school district to boost salaries

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    All employees in Colorado Springs School District 11 will get raises and one-time bonuses next school year. A new salary schedule for teachers also has been approved to make the D-11 more competitive with other regional school districts. The D-11 Board of Education agreed to...

  • Alt-rock band from L.A. comes to aid of Colorado Springs high school band

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The meeting of the minds of two bands last summer has led to what both hope is one great idea. A Los Angeles-based alternative rock band with a loyal national following is throwing a concert Saturday night in Colorado Springs to raise money for a local high school's underfunded band...

  • Harrison student scores big with Gates scholarship

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Keenan Wright is one of the most dedicated students his high school teachers have seen. For the past four years, he has kept a bulls-eye focus on his goals and accomplished most of them. He's also devoted to giving back to the community. And he has an infectious smile. Those...

  • 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...

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