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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Lego blocks teach Palmer Elementary students new skills

    Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Every kid knows what Lego blocks are for. In no time, the colorful plastic bricks snap together and become castles, race cars, dinosaurs, robots and other fanciful creations that come from the minds of the young. Now, with the help of technology, Lego toys also are teaching...

  • Local school districts have funding measures on ballot

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Voters in six local school districts will be asked in the general election whether they want to pay for school finance initiatives to build new schools, renovate old schools, improve teachers' salaries, enhance security, rehab sports facilities, add educational programs and other...

  • UCCS freshman featured in Al Jazeera documentary

    Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    A University of Colorado at Colorado Springs freshman, who in high school tended to his family's alligator farm in southern Colorado, is featured in a new documentary series, "Edge of Eighteen." One-hour original episodes will air Sunday evenings at 
7 p.m. on Al Jazeera America...

  • D-11 board votes unanimously to request change in testing rules

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The Pikes Peak region's largest public school district intends to push the standardized testing envelope to see if it can be at least steamed, if not ripped, open. A unanimous vote of the seven-member board of Colorado Springs School District 11 on Wednesday night gave Superintendent...

  • Colorado Springs District 11 board may seek to opt out of standardized testing

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Public school students are required by law to take certain standardized tests every year, but Colorado Springs School District 11's superintendent, Nicholas Gledich, wants out. At a school board meeting Wednesday night, his district could become the first in the state to move forward...

  • Third time's the charm for former Lincoln Elementary? D-11, Penrose seek lease deal

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    For the third time in less than a year, Colorado Springs School District 11's Board of Education will consider an offer for the former Abraham Lincoln Elementary School at 2727 N. Cascade Ave. Board members will decide at a meeting Wednesday night whether to accept a one-year lease...

  • Colorado Springs School District 11 gives security guards option of being armed

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Within a few months, some security guards at middle schools and high schools in Colorado Springs School District 11 will be armed. D-11 administration decided over the summer to offer district security staff the option of carrying handguns while on duty at schools starting this fall,...

  • Colorado Springs school superintendent to receive 'Spirit of Springs' award Tuesday

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to Colorado Springs School District 11 Superintendent Nicholas Gledich at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, in the district administration office, 1115 N. El Paso St. Gledich was named as one the nation’s 15 “Leaders to...

  • Anonymous donor gives Colorado College $5 million for library renovation

    Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Colorado College has received an anonymous $5 million donation to help renovate Tutt Library. It is the largest outright gift from a living donor in the college's 140-year history. President Jill Tiefenthaler said the timing couldn't be better. "Our library is the intellectual...

  • Local middle school student a finalist in national STEM competition

    Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    A Colorado Springs middle school student at The Classical Academy, Liam Young, was selected as a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS – a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition.  Liam is one of 30 finalists. Students won an all-expense-paid trip to...