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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado Springs School District 11 board may oppose open negotiations ballot measure

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    The only collective bargaining teachers’ union in the Pikes Peak region has had open negotiation meetings for a few years but opposes a ballot question that would allow open negotiations statewide. Now, the school board of Colorado Springs School District 11 will vote Wednesday night...

  • Developers, construction businesses put money behind school bond measures

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's office show that developers and others involved with the real estate industry have a heavy hand in backing local school property tax proposals. Of the six local school districts asking voters to...

  • Assessment advocate stands by benefits of Common Core testing

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The mounting resistance to the national standardized testing movement she leads doesn't faze Laura Slover. The former high school English teacher has heard it all, and she doesn't buy it. "Assessment is a very important part of teaching. The set of tools being developed are very...

  • Justice Department imposes requirements to prevent discrimination in Falcon School District 49

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it has reached a "comprehensive settlement agreement" with Falcon School District 49 to resolve complaints about the district's response to racial harassment and discrimination in its schools. The agreement is the second attempt to...

  • Release of new test scores delayed due to 'small' error

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Blame it on everything being new. Shortly before the Colorado Department of Education was to publicly release scores for new standardized social studies and science tests, the agency announced some of the science scores are wrong. The inaccuracies arose from a combination of...

  • Candidates in four races square off in debate

    Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Ballots went in the mail to 333,866 El Paso County voters Monday, and opponents from four contested races squared off Tuesday night during Citizens Project's only candidates forum. Candidates from Colorado Senate District 11, Colorado House Districts 17 and 18, and El Paso County...

  • High school kids take traffic safety challenge

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Drive Smart Colorado launched its 26th annual High School Traffic Safety Challenge in Colorado Springs Thursday morning, with new options for teens to use in building their schools’ peer-to-peer, traffic safety campaigns. A $22,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation is helping fund...

  • Local student featured in Arts and Activities magazine

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Doherty High School student Elliott Chambers is featured as the Young Artist for the month of November in Arts and Activities magazine, a national art publication. Each year, the magazine features nine “Young Artists.” Students from Colorado Springs School District 11 usually...

  • Take the math geek challenge and win a gift card

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Good at math? You could win a gift card for correctly solving this problem. If you figure out the exact number of pizza combinations possible at Poor Richard's Restaurant, you could win a $250 gift card to Poor Richard's business complex downtown. Poor Richard's "Math Geek...

  • Pikes Peak-area educator named Colorado Teacher of the Year

    Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Everyone remembers a special teacher - the one who, with a few encouraging words helps shape the future, gives advice that makes a bad situation better or simply listens. At Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, that person is math teacher Kathy Thirkell, who has touched thousands of...