Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn...

  • Colorado Springs charter schools have had busy winter

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    District 11 ruled Wednesday night that STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, a Colorado Springs charter school, will have to close at the end of the school year, making one of several area charter school that has seen changes in recent months. Other recent local charter school...

  • Juvenile responsible for starting Colorado Springs grass fire

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Shortly after a small grass fire sent up a plume of smoke in southwestern Colorado Springs on Tuesday, firefighters had the 3-acre fire under control. The fire in Stratton Open Space was reported just after 1 p.m. on a warm, dry day when temperatures in Colorado Springs were above 

  • New Colorado Springs school building was a collaborative effort

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Parents and teachers weren't the only ones who got a say in the design of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's new building. It's pretty obvious that students did, too. A giant twirly slide twists from the second floor to the first floor in the open cafeteria that doubles as seating...

  • Second Wells Fargo bank robbery suspect arrested in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Detectives from the Colorado Springs Police Department's robbery unit arrested a suspected bank robber Tuesday morning. Damien Lewis, 27, was arrested outside his home in southwest Colorado Springs after police obtained an arrest warrant following an investigation that started four...

  • Deputies nab suspect from October wanted poster

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    A woman the Fremont County Sheriff's Office has been searching for since last year was taken into custody Monday night, after deputies received a Crimestoppers tip. Deputies arrested 24-year-old Kimberly Ann Davis, who was wanted on numerous felony drug warrants, in Canon City,...

  • See where Colorado Springs ranks for most/least efficient education spending

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado Springs ranks 59th out of 90 of the most populated U.S. cities for most and least efficient spending on education, according to WalletHub, which compiled the list. Miami, Fla., topped the list for the best return on investment for education spending in the country....

  • Colorado slips a notch in national rankings of state charter school laws

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado has slipped from fifth to sixth place in a report released Tuesday that ranks state charter laws on their quality and strength. Minnesota tops the list that The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools compiles annually, to rank 43 state charter school laws....

  • School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    It's all about the fit. J.D. Elvrum needed to do school work at his own pace and be able to travel with his family, so he moved from a traditional school to an online school. Devon Klingman wanted to be around lots of students and more clubs, activities and academic choices, so she...

  • Graduation, drop-out rates better statewide, mixed in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    More Colorado students are staying in school and getting their high school diplomas, but local graduation and dropout rates are mixed. Statewide, statistics the Colorado Department of Education released Thursday show the on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014 increased 0.4...