Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • College test a breeze for Colorado Springs whiz kid

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Some kids would rather eat a plate of broccoli than take a test. Not Sebastian Myers. The 13-year-old Carmel Middle School student relishes the thought of sinking his teeth into a juicy exam. "I like that I get to show what I know," he said. Sebastian knows a lot, and he proved it...

  • Manitou Springs art exhibit features work from youth in correctional facility


    A student exhibit opened last week at the Manitou Art Center, but none of the artists were allowed to attend. The adolescents who created the artwork are locked up in what amounts to juvenile jail. They are awaiting court hearings involving criminal cases or have been found guilty of...

  • Colorado Springs residents greet same-sex marriage ruling with cheers, prayers

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    One side sent up cheers and the other prayers with Friday's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Local proponents lauded the victory over two decades of litigation with celebrations, including a bash at the Poor Richard's complex in downtown Colorado...

  • Colorado Springs event celebrates court's same-sex marriage ruling

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Citizens Project and Poor Richard's Restaurant will host city-wide celebration of the legalization of same-sex marriage at 4 p.m. Friday at the business's complex at 320 N. Tejon St. Rico's, which is part of the complex, also is serving free 3-ounce beer and wine all day. As part...

  • Students take to the mountains to raise awareness about mental illness

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A group of Fort Lewis College students and alumni has set a goal to climb every 14,000-foot peak in Colorado this summer, to raise awareness of mental health issues. The team created the Climb Out of the Darkness expedition and is inviting the public to join them for a number of the...

  • Arts spice up summer learning in Colorado Springs district

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Summer school. Ugh. For decades, students who end the school year academically behind their peers take extra classes during summer break to catch up, while their friends are at the swimming pool or home playing video games. It's different this year for elementary and middle school...

  • Controversial education leader quits Texas job, plans to return to Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A controversial education leader is returning to Colorado Springs. Former Harrison School District 2 superintendent and 2004 Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles resigned Tuesday as superintendent of Dallas Independent School District in Texas. A disagreement over contract...

  • Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation to support restorative justice programs. Colorado Springs Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that uses trained student volunteers to provide restorative justice sentencing...

  • Local school district receives award for finance reporting

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance Certificate of Excellence award to the Academy School District 20's business services department for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 2014. ASBO officials say the award...

  • Colorado mining town site for upcoming movie

    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    VICTOR - A preacher, a chef, a railroad buff and other residents of this historic town are leaving their real lives behind for a few days to become a buyer of bodies, his sidekick, a blind man and a host of other odd but endearing characters. Denver-based Endeavor PICS, an independent...

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