Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado Springs mom stresses knowing parents' rights in education

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Wake up! Be informed!" That's the message a local mother of three who has been around the educational block has for other parents. Bethany Drosendahl served as a parent representative on a 15-member, statewide task force lawmakers formed last year to study Colorado's standardized...

  • Chicago developer wants to build apartment complex near Colorado Springs university

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students may have another off-campus apartment complex to choose from, if plans of a Chicago-based developer materialize. GG Land Group, a limited- liability company developing more than 30 off-campus student apartment sites across the...

  • Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The team is being recognized for being named Colorado Best in State for the app members created in the 2014-15 Verizon Innovation...

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public...

  • Commercially speaking, Colorado Springs storm creates winners, losers

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Pikes Peak region residents were hustling shovels, ice melt and pantry staples out of local stores as fast as the snow was piling up over the weekend and into Monday. "Things are good. We got wiped out yesterday, replenished today and it's still going strong," Ralph DiBari, manager of...

  • 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...