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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.

Jessica Sombke wears an inflatable dinosaur outfit as she holds a sign for New Summit, a new charter school, to help recruit new students to the school on Saturday February 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Students from the Colorado Springs Early Colleges, a charter school, look at the art that they created or supported an artist in the show at the St. George's Anglican Church on Thursday February 15, 2018 in Colorado Springs. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
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Falcon School District 49 Administration Building (Gazette file photo)
Emma Hale, 12, fills in information on her scavenger hunt while examining a NASA ascent/descent space suit Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during "I want to be an Astronaut" day at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Emma Hale visits the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs in this Gazette file photo by Christian Murdock. One of the largest donations the Space Foundation has received since the Colorado Springs-based organization was founded in 1983 will fund an education program to help teachers inspire students to pursue careers in the space industry.
Nursing Mannequins
In a photo from, Monday, March 28, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Mich., nursing school students help deliver a child as they interact with a mannequin to learn how to respond to real-life medical situations, including emergencies. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
First-grader Mia Sanchez works on her laptop while teacher Theresa Stutts helps two other students in the background Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Patrick Henry Elementary School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Martin Luther King Youth Success Movement is launching a reading program this week for children who go to Hillside Community Center. During the inaugural class, after school coordinator Nicholas Crutcher (center) shows students how to use the donated electronic tablets on Thursday, February 9, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Summit Elementary School in Divide is one of two schools statewide to win the 2017 National Title One Distinguished Schools award. Summit Elementary won for "closing the achievement gap between student groups." The school is recognized as a school that has "successfully used Title 1 funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students." Third graders Annie Demuth does her schoolwork in a claw foot bathtub repurposed as a reading spot and Sophia Mijares works on a white board at the school on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)