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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado Springs Education Association chosen for national program

    Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    The Colorado Springs Education Association, the educators' union for Colorado Springs School District 11, has been selected for a national pilot program that examines ways teachers can become leaders in the evolving education scene. The National Education Association, the Center for...

  • Robotics program gets a financial boost

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    The Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company recently donated $4,500 to the robotics programs taught throughout Woodland Park School District RE-2. The donation will pay for laptop computers and Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits needed for programs at Columbine and Gateway...

  • The survey says: Gen Xers favor homeschooling more than other parents

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A recent survey by Spectrem Group's Millionaire Corner shows that Gen Xers, ages 41-50, are the biggest supporters of home schooling, over adults of other ages. Of the 56 percent of survey respondents with a net worth of less than $100,000 who said they approved of home schooling...

  • Superintendent wants to end standardized testing in D-11

    Updated: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    A renegade attempt by the area's largest public school district to pull back from the pack of standardized testing stalled before it got legs. But one part of the movement will proceed. At a work session Wednesday night, Colorado Springs School District 11 Superintendent Nicholas...

  • Colorado Springs children show support for Ferguson with music video

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Upset about the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., after last week's police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, three local home-schoolers turned a music lesson into their first recording and an important message for young and old alike. Jon Martinez's sons, 10-year-old Able,...

  • Parents urged to get kids vaccinated for meningitis

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    An Aurora-based nonprofit is reminding parents as they send their children back to school to get educated about the risks of acquiring meningitis and other dangerous diseases. The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians says vaccinations help children avoid most illness, including...

  • Pencils for Pupils drive nets thousands of donations

    Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek offices of the Colorado Department of Revenue participated in the first department-wide back-to-school supply drive called Pencils for Pupils. Thirteen offices contributed donations. Others included Pueblo, Grand Junction, Fort Collins and Metro...

  • Most diverse Teach for America corps ever begin teaching in Colorado classrooms

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Classrooms across Colorado, including the Pikes Peak region, will have 125 new Teach for America teachers this fall semester, joining 110 who are in their second year of teaching. This is the most ethnically and economically diverse group under the Teach for America program, which works...

  • Exclusive: Falcon District 49 to ask voters to support bond, mill levy

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The language is set for a $107.4 million bond issue and a mill levy override for voters in Falcon School District 49. The school board approved two questions in one swoop during a special meeting Monday night, on a 4-1 vote. Members Tammy Harold, David Moore, Marie LaVere-Wright...

  • UCCS shows off new parking garage with rooftop sports field

    Updated: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Everyone's heard of park and ride. But park and punt? The unusual architectural twist of building a sports field on top of a parking garage is here, and after seeing it for the first time Monday, many were marveling about the concept. "I was amazed," said Maryanne Fisco, a club...

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