Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has covered nearly every subject at The Gazette, including news, religion, business, real estate, the energy industry, health care, nonprofits, fashion, home and garden and county government. Her career also has encompassed writing greeting cards, speeches, annual reports, and technical trade and magazine articles. Her two kids have taught her a lot about education and life in general, including this kernel of wisdom, “Mom, not everything is a lesson.”

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Colorado high schools get a 'C' in teaching personal finance

By: Debbie Kelley

High schools in Colorado received a C grade Tuesday for teaching personal finance, in a “2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools.”

Prepared by Champlain College’s...

'Education reform works,' say new TV commercials form Americans for Prosperity

By: Debbie Kelley

Americans for Prosperity Colorado on Monday released new television ads featuring a retired school teacher talking about the benefits of the reforms that school board members in Douglas County Schools have...

School's field work provides several types of education for Colorado Springs students


Miscommunication almost squashed plans for Patrick Henry Elementary fourth graders to put on their scientists' caps and examine bugs, animal habitats, plants, grasses, soil and other elements of the great...

PPCC students can ride the city bus for free all next week


Pikes Peak Community College students can ride Mountain Metropolitan Transit fixed-route buses for free Monday through Saturday.

Students will need to show their college identification.

PPCC and...

Manitou Springs mill levy could bring $1.8 million annually to schools


Based on re-assessed property valuations for El Paso County, voter-approval of $1.8 million mill levy override in Manitou Springs School District 14 would cost a taxpayer who owns a home valued at $300,000 about...

Palmer High turns 140, holds Alumni Hall of Fame this weekend


William J. Palmer High School in downtown Colorado Springs is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year. Since classes began in 1875, there have been 39,911 Palmer graduates, 103 of whom have been inducted in the...

School principals to debate opting out of standardized testing


School Leaders for America, an alternative principal licensure program, will host a debate on standardized testing in public schools starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the UNC Center, 12320 Oracle Blvd., in...

St. Mary's High to hold shadow day, open house on Friday

By: Debbie Kelley

St. Mary's High School, a Catholic college-preparatory school that has been operating since 1885, will hold a fall open house and shadow day Friday at the campus, 2501 E. Yampa St.

The shadow opportunity...