Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado's Second Lady to speak on women and race during International Women's Day event

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present an International Women's Day program on Women, Race and Global Minorities on Monday. The guest speaker will be Claire Oberon Garcia, an English professor and director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program at Colorado College. She...

  • Calhan Elementary boosts achievement with help from Colorado Turnaround Network

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Linda Slothower was hired to be principal at Calhan Elementary School in August 2013. A few weeks later, she found out the school wasn't doing so well. It had a "priority improvement" rating on the state's accountability system, the second lowest. "That was very concerning," she...

  • Struggling Colorado Springs middle school gets one-year reprieve

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place." The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic...

  • Colorado Springs mom stresses knowing parents' rights in education

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Wake up! Be informed!" That's the message a local mother of three who has been around the educational block has for other parents. Bethany Drosendahl served as a parent representative on a 15-member, statewide task force lawmakers formed last year to study Colorado's standardized...

  • Chicago developer wants to build apartment complex near Colorado Springs university

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students may have another off-campus apartment complex to choose from, if plans of a Chicago-based developer materialize. GG Land Group, a limited- liability company developing more than 30 off-campus student apartment sites across the...

  • Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The team is being recognized for being named Colorado Best in State for the app members created in the 2014-15 Verizon Innovation...

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public...

  • Commercially speaking, Colorado Springs storm creates winners, losers

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Pikes Peak region residents were hustling shovels, ice melt and pantry staples out of local stores as fast as the snow was piling up over the weekend and into Monday. "Things are good. We got wiped out yesterday, replenished today and it's still going strong," Ralph DiBari, manager of...

  • Colorado Springs school district feels the love from early decision to close

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Thousands of schoolchildren knew around midmorning Sunday that they could sleep in on Monday. And maybe go sledding. Or build a snowman. Or create a tent fort in the living room. The region's largest school district, Colorado Springs School District 11, called a snow day for Monday...

  • Colorado education board hears about how to get out of Common Core testing

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    DENVER - Members of Colorado's highest education governing body got answers on one of the most debated topics in the field Thursday: How could Colorado withdraw from Common Core State Standards? Antony Dyl, senior assistant attorney general, outlined two ways in an informal legal...

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