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.”

More Articles by: Debbie Kelley

ACT issues call-to-action after little progress in college, career readiness

By: Debbie Kelley

As in recent years, Colorado high school students fell short of the national ACT average test scores in all four subjects this year.

College and career readiness also lags behind the national percentages of...

Colorado College freshmen faced most competition — ever — to gain admission


Lots of students wanted to come to Colorado College this fall - a record 8,063 applied. But just 17 percent were admitted to the private, liberal arts school - the lowest percentage since it was founded in...

STEM fair for military card ID holders slated for Saturday

By: Debbie Kelley

The 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Air and Space Museum.

Admission is free and open to all...

Public hearing on fate of Bates Elementary, proposed apartments near UCCS postponed

By: Debbie Kelley

The public hearing on an appeal by Cragmor residents who want to stop construction of a 621-bedroom apartment complex in the old Bates Elementary School has been postponed until Sept. 8.

Colorado Springs...

Poll shows dissatisfaction with school testing and its links to teacher evaluations


A new poll shows a trend that's developed alongside education reform: Americans believe there's too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools.

Opposition also is mounting to linking teacher...

Space Foundation's annual art contest for children opens


Student artists, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the Space Foundation's sixth annual International Student Art Contest.

Children may draw, paint or create a digital image for the contest theme "What...

Teller County tourism industry enjoying a rebound year


Each Friday through Sunday, a long line of traffic slithers like a satiated snake up and down Ute Pass.

What's the snag?

After three years of distressing declines, Teller County tourism seems to be...

Three local college students win scholarships

By: Debbie Kelley

Air Academy High School graduate Nicholas Sammons, Mesa Ridge High School alumnus Lauren Holmes and Michelle Ihlefeldt, a Colorado Springs single mother of five children, are three of the eight students from...