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New figures released for decade's worth of state funding cuts to education
New figures released for decade's worth of state funding cuts to education

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 1 hr ago

The Colorado School Finance Project released on Monday updated numbers on how much money the state’s 178 public school districts have lost in the past...

Four of five Heuser & Heuser scholarships go to Colorado Springs graduating seniors

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

Four of the five $1,000 scholarship recipients from the second annual Heuser & Heuser, L.L.P. awards contest are from Colorado Springs. This...

New tool and die journeyman in Colorado Springs first to complete state's first apprenticeship program
New tool and die journeyman in Colorado Springs first to complete state's first apprenticeship program

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

Qualtek Manufacturing Inc., a privately owned company operating in Colorado Springs for more than 50 years, started a Tool and Die Apprenticeship...

CIVA Charter High School in Colorado Springs recognized for global education
CIVA Charter High School in Colorado Springs recognized for global education

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

CIVA Charter High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education.  THE EF High School Exchange Year Global...

College student in Colorado allowed to mention Jesus, the Bible in graduation speech
College student in Colorado allowed to mention Jesus, the Bible in graduation speech

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, May 10, 2018

A Colorado Mesa University student will be able to mention Jesus and quote Bible verses in her speech at the Grand Junction nursing program’s pinning...

Teachers from Colorado Springs area join in solidarity with Pueblo teachers on strike
Teachers from Colorado Springs area join in solidarity with Pueblo teachers on strike

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 8, 2018

A few teachers from Colorado Springs School District 11’s union joined the picket lines in Pueblo Tuesday to stand in solidarity with teachers and...

Teacher Appreciation Week being recognized with kudos, special deals for Colorado teachers
Teacher Appreciation Week being recognized with kudos, special deals for Colorado teachers

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, May 7, 2018

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, and the Colorado Department of Education is asking for participation by posting on social media a...

Fox Meadow Middle School students present The Lion King Jr. with Shine Nation
Fox Meadow Middle School students present The Lion King Jr. with Shine Nation

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, May 1, 2018

Shine Nation Inc., in partnership with Fox Meadow Middle School,  are presenting The Lion King Jr. with special guest vocalists from The ...

Math Olympiad Friday at UCCS pits middle and high schoolers in difficult challenge

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Apr 26, 2018

The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad will return for its 35th year Friday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. An estimated 400...

Autism Awareness Night in Fountain includes police, fire demonstrations

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 24, 2018

The City of Fountain Public Safety Department will host an Autism Awareness night from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at Fire Station No 1, 811 N Santa Fe...

G.E. Johnson owners make substantial donation in founder Gil Johnson's name

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Jim and Laura Johnson, owners of G.E. Johnson, are one of three couples who have given a total of $22 million to the College of Engineering at Kansas...

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 wins Best Communities for Music Education award
Lewis-Palmer School District 38 wins Best Communities for Music Education award

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument is one of three school districts in Colorado to win a Best Communities for Music Education designation...

Coronado High student wins Raytheon-sponsored Merit Scholarship

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Coronado High School Student a Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winner Coronado High School senior Madison Rutherford has been named a...

CU Boulder student from Colorado Springs wins prestigious Truman Scholarship
CU Boulder student from Colorado Springs wins prestigious Truman Scholarship

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Serene Singh, a 2015 Rampart High School graduate and a junior majoring in political science and journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder...

Colorado Springs-area teachers to rally at Capitol Monday to call for more education funding, protection for pension plans
Colorado Springs-area teachers to rally at Capitol Monday to call for more education funding, protection for pension plans

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Apr 16, 2018

During their annual lobbying day on Monday, Colorado teachers will join educators from other states in asking for more money for schools, ahead of...

Police, fire, school and corrections staff to compete in benefit Dodgeball tournament

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Police officers will take on firefighters, and school officials and correctional department employees during a double elimination Dodgeball...

PPCC's Black Student Union to host public panel on police brutality
PPCC's Black Student Union to host public panel on police brutality

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Pikes Peak Community College’s Black Student Union will host a question-and-answer panel on the topic of police brutality at 6 p.m. Friday in the...

Student film premieres Wednesday night at Colorado Springs movie theater
Student film premieres Wednesday night at Colorado Springs movie theater

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Wed, Apr 4, 2018

A short film on bullying and the power of connection debuts Wednesday night from The Geek Think Films, an endeavor started by the city’s only school...

Manitou Springs eighth graders hosting large expo event to benefit first responders
Manitou Springs eighth graders hosting large expo event to benefit first responders

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Apr 3, 2018

A combined flea market, business expo, silent auction and used book sale on April 14 at Manitou Springs Middle School will benefit the community’s...

Two of three finalists for superintendent of Seattle Public Schools have a Colorado Springs connection
Two of three finalists for superintendent of Seattle Public Schools have a Colorado Springs connection

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Two of the three finalists for the job of superintendent of Washington’s largest school district in Seattle have a Colorado Springs connection. The...

Application deadline nears for Gazette's Best and Brightest awards program for high school seniors
Application deadline nears for Gazette's Best and Brightest awards program for high school seniors

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Smart, self-motived and community-minded graduating high school seniors have until April 6 to get their applications in to be considered for Gazette...

1956 playground at Will Rogers Elementary to get 'deurbanized' with nature look and feel

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Will Rogers Elementary School in Colorado Springs School District 11 recently received a $110,000 grant from Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great...

Harrison D-2 one of 12 districts nationwide to pilot a 'digital equity' program
Harrison D-2 one of 12 districts nationwide to pilot a 'digital equity' program

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Harrison School District 2 has been selected to participate in a “digital equity” pilot program for districts that enroll high percentages of children...

GOAL Academy High selects former Pueblo superintendent as interim executive director

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Constance Jones, a former superintendent of Pueblo City School District 60, has been hired as interim executive director of GOAL Academy High School,...

Principal at The Classical Academy to retire
Principal at The Classical Academy to retire

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 9, 2018

Don Stump, principal of The Classical Academy North Elementary school, this week announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year. Stump...

Donated musical instrument drive underway to benefit school band programs
Donated musical instrument drive underway to benefit school band programs

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 8, 2018

The annual used instrument drive, Bringing Music to Life, kicked off this week and runs through March 17. The nonprofit event collects used band or...

Free 'Manufacturing Career Exploration Night' Wednesday for high school students

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Tue, Mar 6, 2018

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is hosting a free “Manufacturing Career Exploration Night” for high school students and parents, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30...

Former Mexico President Vincente Fox to debate nationalism vs. globalism at UCCS
Former Mexico President Vincente Fox to debate nationalism vs. globalism at UCCS

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Fri, Mar 2, 2018

The former president of Mexico and the architect of Brexit will speak in a moderated debate “Nationalism vs. Globalism” April 3 on the University of...

Unveiling of new art project at Colorado Springs elementary school coincides with Chocolate Art Night fundraiser

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 1, 2018

Stratton Elementary School, 2460 Paseo Road, will hold its annual Chocolate Art Night, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday and running until 8 p.m. The...

Former Colorado Springs city councilor, state senator Keith King to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Former Colorado Springs city councilor, state senator Keith King to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Thu, Mar 1, 2018

The Colorado League of Charter Schools to Honor Former Colorado Senator with Life Time Achievement Award   The Colorado League of Charter...

Debbie Kelley bio:

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.”