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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • 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...

  • New Pavilion adds to Black Forest Festival celebration

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    It's back. The feeling that there's something great to celebrate returned to Black Forest Saturday, during the community's annual homegrown street festival. And this year, the 2,000 or so residents and friends welcomed a new, permanent addition that many believe will bring more of a...

  • Colorado Springs teachers admit to anxiety as rigorous new tests loom

    Updated: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    It's the end of an era for educational policy in Colorado. Public school teachers and their students will be immersed in a new world of standardized testing, starting this academic year. As teachers pore over spring assessment results the Colorado Department of Education released...

  • CollegeAmerica launches new scholarship program

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    CollegeAmerica has started a new scholarship program for prospective students. The school, which offers undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, information technology, graphic arts and business, will offer 10 full-tuition scholarships, 20 half-tuition scholarships, 30 bachelor’s...

  • Falcon D-49 drops new charter high school from proposed bond question

    Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Falcon School District 49's board of education agreed Thursday to not ask voters to pay for building a charter high school that remains in the planning stages. The board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to finalize ballot language for a bond issue and a mill levy...

  • 'Ugly trend' in Colorado TCAP scores; education officials seek meaningful change

    Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Some state education leaders are troubled by continued flat assessment scores across Colorado and for what's ahead, with new standardized testing starting this school year. The Colorado Department of Education on Thursday released results from the spring round of the Transitional...

  • Colorado Department of Education set to release TCAP results today

    Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    The Colorado Department of Education will release results of the 2014 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program testing at noon Thursday. The Gazette will present an analysis of local scores from the past seven years, as well as a look at local student academic performance from the...

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