Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado's testing task force releases recommendations to lawmakers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    A task force Colorado lawmakers appointed last year to study the state’s new lineup of standardized testing made recommendations Wednesday at a meeting of the House and Senate education committees. From Chalkbeat Colorado’s Todd Engdahl, here are the highlights:  Summary...

  • For the love of reading: Two unique libraries open for elementary students

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Widefield School District 3 has opened two unique libraries at two elementary schools. The Kingdom of Reading room opened Jan. 22 at Talbott Elementary, 401 Dean Drive. The kid-friendly space is designed to provide a welcoming and magical environment where children can read books...

  • Girls' STEM initiative launches program for local middle school students

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative has launched a STEM program at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2. The goal: to teach female students about careers and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields and help meet the growing demand for...

  • Local middle school team headed to Science Bowl regional competition

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Students from Jenkins Middle School will compete in the regional competition Feb. 7 to determine which team will represent Colorado in the middle school finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s 25th annual National Science Bowl. The local team of students will be...

  • Colorado Springs charter schools have had busy winter

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    District 11 ruled Wednesday night that STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, a Colorado Springs charter school, will have to close at the end of the school year, making it one of several area charter schools that have seen changes in recent months. Other recent local charter...

  • Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn...

  • Juvenile responsible for starting Colorado Springs grass fire

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Shortly after a small grass fire sent up a plume of smoke in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday, firefighters had the 3-acre fire under control. The fire in Stratton Open Space was reported just after 1 p.m. on a warm, dry day when temperatures in Colorado Springs were above 
60...

  • Second Wells Fargo bank robbery suspect arrested in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Detectives from the Colorado Springs Police Department's robbery unit arrested a suspected bank robber Tuesday morning. Damien Lewis, 27, was arrested outside his home in southwest Colorado Springs after police obtained an arrest warrant following an investigation that started four...

  • Deputies nab suspect from October wanted poster

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A woman the Fremont County Sheriff's Office has been searching for since last year was taken into custody Monday night, after deputies received a Crimestoppers tip. Deputies arrested 24-year-old Kimberly Ann Davis, who was wanted on numerous felony drug warrants, in Canon City,...

  • See where Colorado Springs ranks for most/least efficient education spending

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado Springs ranks 59th out of 90 of the most populated U.S. cities for most and least efficient spending on education, according to WalletHub, which compiled the list. Miami, Fla., topped the list for the best return on investment for education spending in the country....

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