Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Survey of Colorado teaching, learning conditions starts this week

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    The fourth rendition of a biennial statewide survey initiated in 2008 to gauge teaching and learning conditions in public schools will launch Wednesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond announced Monday. School-based educators are being...

  • Widefield teacher to speak to Congress about P.E. funding

    Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Josh Tutje, a P.E. teacher at Sproul Junior High in Widefield School District 3, will meet with lawmakers in Washington D.C. Tuesday and Wednesday to advocate for federal support for physical education and health programs in public schools. Tutje will be among 122 teachers from 37...

  • Students can show appreciation for bus drivers Friday during national campaign

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    One of the most underappreciated people working in public schools has got to be the bus driver. Friday the 13th is the chance for students and parents to show a little love for the person who makes sure students get to and from school safely. As part of the eighth annual National...

  • Sign Choir lets Colorado Springs students feel the music

    Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    It's 4 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, and SueAnn Gurwell's classroom at Stratton Elementary School is filling up. Students from elementary, middle and high schools from throughout Colorado Springs School District 11 are reporting for choir practice. It's no ordinary ensemble,...

  • Drug addiction takes Colorado Springs woman, family through hell; can she make it back?

    Updated: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Jamie Maine has a love-hate relationship with heroin, her go-to drug. The highly addictive opiate can be snorted, smoked or injected into the veins. It's easier to get than pills, cheaper than meth and produces more euphoria. "It's great if you want to be numb," she says. "But it...

  • Colorado Springs high school makes improvements after last month's security breach

    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    Pine Creek High School has improved school security after last month's breach when a man who appeared to have been drinking walked into the school and sat down in a classroom, officials announced Friday, Two major changes have been made to the high school's entrance, according to a...

  • Colorado Springs teacher gets Colorado League of Charter Schools' top award

    Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Eric Trujillo admits he's a quote junkie. He often throws out catchy but meaningful sayings in conversation. "In any alternative school, these students don't care how much you know till they know how much you care," he says. It doesn't matter to Trujillo, a social studies teacher...

  • Unanswered questions kill funding request for Colorado youth corrections security staff

    Updated: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    A request for a $1.2 million supplemental appropriation to add security staff at the state's troubled youth corrections facilities was denied Wednesday by the Colorado General Assembly's Joint Budget Committee. The problem is, 53 people have been hired to do the job. The reason for...

  • New Colorado Springs school building was a collaborative effort

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Parents and teachers weren't the only ones who got a say in the design of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's new building. It's pretty obvious that students did, too. A giant twirly slide twists from the second floor to the first floor in the open cafeteria that doubles as seating...

  • Academy D-20 to provide community more information on board agenda

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Parents, teachers and community members now will be able to better understand what's going on at Academy School District 20's board of education meetings. The board decided to make some supporting materials for agenda items available to the public before and during school board...

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