Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • 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...

  • Money Museum has free admission Saturday for adults, children

    Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., offers free admission for children and adults on the third Saturday of every month, including Feb. 21. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can see rare and unusual coins, a Treasures of the Deep exhibit, the Harry W. Bass Gallery,...

  • Applications being accepted from high school seniors for Peace Scholarships

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is accepting applications for its annual Peace Scholarship for high school seniors. The deadline is March 31. The $500 scholarships are given to students who demonstrate a commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, the creation of social...

  • Colorado Springs parents cry foul over grading system tied to new state standards

    Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Almost three years after Falcon High School started a new grading system, parents are claiming "epic fail." "It's extremely unfair, and you need a master's degree in education to figure it out," said Freddy Garcia, who has a student at the school in Falcon School District 49. Peter...

  • Colorado school vaccination, exemption rates difficult to analyze

    Updated: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A first-of-its-kind look at vaccination compliance and exemption rates at schools in the Colorado's 20 largest public school districts is drawing concerns about the accuracy of the data. "We are collectively, at the local and state health level, intrigued by the report, but there are...

  • 'A Beautiful Mind' author to make Colorado Springs appearance

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Just hearing the word "economics" can be enough to cause the eyes to glaze over and the right side of the brain to seize up. There's no need for that kind of reaction, though, according to New York Times best-selling author Sylvia Nasar. The science that deals with how goods and...

  • Colorado teacher on Jeopardy finals at 4 p.m. today on KKTV

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Jennifer Giles, a third grade Bi-lingual teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, will compete on JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament two-day finals beginning Thursday. The show will air locally at 4 p.m. on KKTV. Giles won $14,400 during Tuesday’s semi-finals competition and...

  • Questions abound as Colorado's standardized testing season looms

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    "What now?" is the question many are asking after the Colorado attorney general's ruling announced Tuesday that the State Board of Education does not have authority to grant waivers to school districts wanting to forgo state-mandated tests. With new standardized testing for third-...

  • Ellicott assistant principal gets state honor

    Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Susan Flores, assistant principal of Ellicott Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for Colorado by the Colorado Association of School Executives. An educator for more 17 years, Flores is in her second year in the job at Ellicott...