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Survey: Teen pregnancy still an important problem; Wednesday is 'National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy'

May 5, 2015

Wednesday is the 14th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and despite historic declines, 82 percent of adults say teen pregnancy...

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Teacher Appreciation Week brings deals on school supplies at Staples

May 5, 2015

Colorado Springs Staples stores are observing Teacher Appreciation Week with exclusive discounts on classroom supplies now through Saturday....

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Blogger questions money school district spent on new logo

May 2, 2015

David Kelley, a local blogger and parent in Academy School District 20, read a recent story in The Gazette about advanced graphics art students at...

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Civics proficiency among 8th graders at 23 percent nationally

Apr 29, 2015

Only 23 percent of eighth graders are proficient in civics, according to a report on civics education the federal government released Wednesday....

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Concert-goers choose new logo from four student designs

Apr 27, 2015

Audience members at the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony’s concert on Sunday chose Pine Creek High School senior Lauren "Noelle" Beene’s design as its...

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School takes top honors in recent Battle of the Books competition

Apr 24, 2015

Fifth graders at Academy International Elementary, an International Baccalaureate World School in Academy School District 20, rock at reading....

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Work of Comcast volunteers on Saturday to benefit local school

Apr 24, 2015

The Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus in Colorado Springs School District 11 will benefit from the work of volunteers on Saturday during the company's...

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Local student one of two statewide to win $10,000 scholarship from Comcast

Apr 24, 2015

Mitchell High School student Kae 'Vionna Cole has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Kae...

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LGBT students, allies to participate in Day of Silence Friday to prevent bullying

Apr 16, 2015

Friday is the annual Day of Silence, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Thousands of students across the country are...

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PPCC launches 'kiss the pig' fundraiser

Apr 16, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is taking a unique approach to fundraising by employing the help of Diamond, a...

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PARCC officials look at shortening testing

Apr 16, 2015

Facing possible withdrawal of another state, officials from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, said they are...

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Coronado High's robotics team gearing up for world championships

Apr 14, 2015

Cougars Gone Wired, Coronado High School’s Robotics Team, is gearing up for the April 22-25 FIRST World championship, an international robotics...

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Deadline nearing for arts scholarship

Apr 14, 2015

The deadline for graduating Manitou Springs high school students to apply for the annual Commonwheel scholarship for excellence in the arts is...

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Three local teams take first in Winter Guard competition

Apr 7, 2015

Three local teams won their divisions in the state Winter Guard competition held April 4 in Denver. Rampart High School won the Scholastic A...

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Colorado College student awarded Fulbright scholarship

Apr 10, 2015

Annaliese Schroeder, a senior at Colorado College and the daughter of Neil and Sandy Schroeder of Colorado Springs, has been awarded a Fulbright...

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College honor students tackle privacy, security in digital age during competition

Apr 7, 2015

The Honors Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo will host more than 200 college honor students and faculty advisors at the Third Annual...

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UCCS ranks third for best education value in state

Mar 30, 2015

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ranked third in the state for getting the best bang for your buck among public universities in a...

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Free online course from CU-Boulder explores water issues in the West

Mar 27, 2015

How has the scarcity of water in the West caused so much controversy? A free online course that begins Wednesday by experts at the University of...

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Local Boy Scouts Council gets donation to help all interested youth join

Mar 27, 2015

The Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America has received a $50,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Scoutreach Program, which helps...

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Local school district again makes top-10 list for technological advancements

Mar 26, 2015

Colorado Springs School District 11 placed fourth of the top 10-ranked large school districts in the annual Digital School Districts Survey by the...

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Anti-test rally to be held at State Capitol in Denver on Wednesday

Mar 23, 2015

It’s Spring Break, but that doesn’t mean those who oppose excessive standardized testing in Colorado are taking time off. Parents, students,...

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No student data compromised during last week's computer system attack

Mar 20, 2015

Last week's "denial of service attack" during standardized testing in Colorado Springs School District 11 did not result in any student...

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USAFA Cadet STEM Club on the move

Mar 17, 2015

The Air Force Academy Cadet STEM Club will spend Thursday at Pueblo's Central High School doing demonstrations in the fields of aeronautical...

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Pi Day hits the trifecta on Saturday

Mar 13, 2015

March 14, known as Pi Day to math geeks or a day to eat pie for anyone who wants to celebrate the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle’s...

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Two colleges in Colorado become nation's first to use PARCC test scores

Mar 9, 2015

Two colleges in Colorado announced Monday that they will use scores from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers...

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PPCC fire science technology faculty win awards from local fire department

Mar 9, 2015

Faculty from Pikes Peak Community College’s Fire Science Technology department, who also are firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire...

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

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...

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Money Museum has free admission Saturday for adults, children

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...

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Applications being accepted from high school seniors for Peace Scholarships

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...

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Colorado teacher on Jeopardy finals at 4 p.m. today on KKTV

Feb 12, 2015

Jennifer Giles, a third grade Bi-lingual teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont, will compete on JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament two-day...

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Students can show appreciation for bus drivers Friday during national campaign

Feb 9, 2015

One of the most underappreciated people working in public schools has got to be the bus driver. Friday the 13th is the chance for students and...

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Colorado's testing task force releases recommendations to lawmakers

Jan 29, 2015

A task force Colorado lawmakers appointed last year to study the state’s new lineup of standardized testing made recommendations Wednesday at a...

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For the love of reading: Two unique libraries open for elementary students

Jan 29, 2015

Widefield School District 3 has opened two unique libraries at two elementary schools. The Kingdom of Reading room opened Jan. 22 at Talbott...

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Girls' STEM initiative launches program for local middle school students

Jan 29, 2015

The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative has launched a STEM program at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2. The goal: to...

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Local middle school team headed to Science Bowl regional competition

Jan 29, 2015

Students from Jenkins Middle School will compete in the regional competition Feb. 7 to determine which team will represent Colorado in the middle...

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

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...

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

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....

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Two new Governor's Council awards recognize health in schools, workplace

Jan 21, 2015

The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles will launch two new awards this year: The Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness...

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Free tax preparation for low, moderate-income households starts Saturday

Jan 21, 2015

Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Locally, Pikes...

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PPCC instructor wins award for his undergraduate neuroscience work

Jan 21, 2015

Wes Colgan, an adjunct instructor at Pikes Peak Community College, has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Faculty for Undergraduate...

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Sky High Ranch again to offer summer resident camps for girls

Jan 20, 2015

Girl Scouts of Colorado is re-opening resident camp this summer at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park, and registration has begun. Sessions are...

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Colorado lawmakers continue introducing bills to limit testing

Jan 20, 2015

Chalkbeat Colorado, a nonprofit news organization covering educational change, is following education measures Colorado lawmakers are introducing....

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Arc University to honor third graduating class of students with disabilities

Jan 19, 2015

Arc Thrift Stores, through a $100,000 grant from The Daniel’s Fund, will graduate its third class of Arc University students at 4 p.m. Wednesday...

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Charter school forms society for public, hosts first event with speakers, music

Jan 14, 2015

Thomas MacLaren School, a charter school for sixth through 12th grades, will host the inaugural event of the MacLaren Society, 6:45 p.m. Jan. 31...

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UCCS Radio nominated for three national broadcasting awards

Jan 14, 2015

UCCS Radio, an online radio station at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been nominated for three national intercollegiate...

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Local Pokemon player wins city championship

Jan 12, 2015

After a full day of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game battles, Jonathan Donham took first place in the senior division at the 2014/2015...

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 to host coffee for parents on Wednesday

Jan 12, 2015

The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board of education will hold a coffee for parents 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Learning Center in the...

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Event focuses on school choice and options for parents

Jan 12, 2015

Parents can get tips on how to motivate their children for success in school during an event hosted by Parents Challenge, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at...

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Local high school senior chosen as state delegate for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Jan 9, 2015

A Colorado Springs student has been selected as one of two Colorado delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, to be held March 7-14...

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Top 5 things adults need to know about going back to college

Jan 6, 2015

Top five things adults need to know about going to college From Colorado Technical University      1. It’s all about...

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Grants available for classroom pets

Jan 6, 2015

The Pets in the Classroom grant program is accepting applications from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade teachers, who work in public and...

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Tips for filling out the FAFSA, the free college financial aid application

Dec 24, 2014

Jan. 1 is approaching, and that means… time to fill out the FAFSA, the federal government’s free financial aid application for college-bound...

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Hairy fundraiser at Colorado College deemed a success

Dec 19, 2014

Colorado College raised nearly $1,000 to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness during a “haircut-a-thon” Tuesday. Stylists from Veda...

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Former high school educator joins local school district board

Dec 18, 2014

Gwynne Dawdy, a former high school counselor and coach, was appointed to the Woodland Park School District RE-2 board of education at the Dec. 10...

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Colorado Springs D-11 teacher to swap jobs for one year with Australian teacher

Dec 12, 2014

A Colorado Springs School District 11 teacher will swap jobs for one year with a teacher in Australia. Barry Lempert, a math teacher at Nikola...

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PPCC marketing and communication department wins awards

Dec 12, 2014

Pikes Peak Community College’s marketing and communication department recently was honored with seven awards for excellence in advertising and...

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Teachers in Academy D-20 receive grants for special classroom projects

Dec 10, 2014

The Academy School District 20 Education Foundation awarded grants totaling $14,000 for the fall semester to eight district teachers for a variety...

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Friday last day to nominate a black educator for excellence awards

Dec 10, 2014

Friday is the last day to nominate a black educator for one of numerous Salute to Excellence in Education awards given out each year by TheEduCtr....

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Nearly 6 of 10 children participate in extracurricular activities, Census Bureau reports

Dec 9, 2014

    Fifty-seven percent of children between 6 and 17 years old participate in at least one after-school extracurricular activity,...

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Academy D-20 gets budget award for 14th consecutive year

Dec 5, 2014

The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded Academy District 20 a Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget...

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Cripple Creek/Victor Gold Mine funds free field trips to space center

Dec 5, 2014

A $5,000 grant from the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company will enable Teller County students to take free field trips to the Space...

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Nine students win prizes in Michael Garman short story writing contest

Dec 3, 2014

Nine local students won prizes in the Second Annual Magic Town Literary Contest, sponsored by The Michael Garman Museum and Gallery in Old...

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Money Museum hosts open house today for school teachers

Dec 3, 2014

Teachers from Colorado Springs School District 11 are invited to an open house today, Wednesday, after school at the American Numismatic...

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School holds grand opening for new modular building

Dec 2, 2014

Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning, 2510 N. Chestnut St., will hold a grand opening of its new modular building at 8:05 a.m. Friday. The...

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Local elementary school getting ready for 50th anniversary bash, needs mementos

Dec 1, 2014

Save the date and help Mountain View Elementary in Academy School District 20 celebrate its 50th anniversary on Jan. 23, 2015. Open house times...

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Two Rampart High School students to be honored

Dec 1, 2014

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to two Rampart High School students, Bridger Caicedo and Jenny...

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Students host rally, raise money for poor children of Haiti

Nov 26, 2014

A recent rally and march hosted by a group of high school students to benefit disadvantaged children of Haiti netted more than $1,000 in community...

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Divine Redeemer Junior Booster Club gets kudos

Nov 24, 2014

Mayor Steve Bach is presenting the Spirit of the Springs Award to Divine Redeemer Catholic School Junior Booster Club 11:30 a.m. Monday at the...

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How to get Santa to reply to your kid's letter, with a North Pole postmark

Nov 24, 2014

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. The Postal Service can help parents prove it when Santa replies to a child’s letter to Santa — complete...

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It's time to put those butts out

Nov 19, 2014

Thursday is the 39th annual Great American Smokeout and some local high school students have joined forces with El Paso County Health to educate...

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Local high school ranks No. 1 in Newsweek and will get mayoral recognition

Nov 19, 2014

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to The Vanguard School at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at The Vanguard...

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America's Top Teens searching for talent

Nov 12, 2014

A proposed television series, “America’s Top Teens,” is looking for students, ages 13-19, to be nominated for the pilot of a new video magazine....

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Host families sought for foreign exchange students

Nov 3, 2014

World Heritage Student Exchange Programs, a nonprofit organization under the sponsorship of ASSE International, is looking for American families...

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Community college transfer students should apply for four-year schools now

Oct 31, 2014

Students who plan to transfer from a community college to a four-year college are reminded to apply now for fall admission, in order to receive...

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Colorado College Food Rescue makes the big time

Oct 31, 2014

The Colorado College Food Rescue program has made the big time. After seeing an article in The Gazette about the CC student-initiated program to...

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Local graduate makes Broadway debut

Oct 25, 2014

Matthew McMahan, a 2005 Woodland Park High School graduate, is performing as Feuilly with the Les Miserables cast at the Imperial...

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Latest survey on LGBT students show schools remain hostile environments

Oct 24, 2014

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network released on Friday its biennial National School Climate Survey report, which shows how ongoing...

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Colorado Superintendent of the Year was once a local principal

Oct 24, 2014

The 2015 Colorado Superintendent of the Year was once the principal at Mountain View Elementary in Academy School District 20, from 1995-2000....

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Colorado Springs School District 11 board may oppose open negotiations ballot measure

Oct 22, 2014

The only collective bargaining teachers’ union in the Pikes Peak region has had open negotiation meetings for a few years but opposes a ballot...

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High school kids take traffic safety challenge

Oct 16, 2014

Drive Smart Colorado launched its 26th annual High School Traffic Safety Challenge in Colorado Springs Thursday morning, with new options for...

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Local student featured in Arts and Activities magazine

Oct 15, 2014

Doherty High School student Elliott Chambers is featured as the Young Artist for the month of November in Arts and Activities magazine, a national...

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Take the math geek challenge and win a gift card

Oct 14, 2014

Good at math? You could win a gift card for correctly solving this problem. If you figure out the exact number of pizza combinations possible...

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A few more weeks are left for students to enter the Radon Poster Contest

Oct 10, 2014

Colorado students have until Oct. 31 to enter this year's national Radon Poster Contest, designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform...

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Efforts launched to help students apply to college, complete degrees

Oct 8, 2014

To increase the number of degrees obtained in Colorado, throughout the month of October, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and the Colorado Department of Higher...

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Local school district receives grant from DoD to advance STEM education

Oct 1, 2014

The Department of Defense Education Activity Educational Partnership awarded a $1.7 million grant to  Wildfield School District 3 for this...

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Colorado Springs school superintendent to receive 'Spirit of Springs' award Tuesday

Sep 22, 2014

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to Colorado Springs School District 11 Superintendent Nicholas...

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Local middle school student a finalist in national STEM competition

Sep 22, 2014

A Colorado Springs middle school student at The Classical Academy, Liam Young, was selected as a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS – a national...

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Colorado Springs School District 11 sponsors orientation to college admission process event

Sep 22, 2014

Colorado Springs School District 11 will sponsor an orientation to the college admission process 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Palmer...

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Liberty High's Wind Ensemble chosen to perform at national band festival

Sep 22, 2014

The Liberty High School Wind Ensemble band has been invited to perform at the 2015 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis,...

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Local school superintendent selected for national board

Sep 9, 2014

Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison School District 2 has been elected to join the national board of See The Change USA. The nonprofit...

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Children, adults can 'Explore Mars' on Saturday at Space Foundation Center

Sep 5, 2014

The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, is offering a special day of "Exploring Mars," on Saturday, as...

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Local middle school awarded for having a strong PTA-staff relationship

Sep 5, 2014

Jenkins Middle School in Colorado Springs School District 11 has been named a National PTA School of Excellence. The program recognizes...

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Colorado Springs company honored for its support of STEM education

Sep 4, 2014

A Colorado Springs-based defense contractor is one of seven companies across the state to be recognized for its leadership and financial...

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CollegeAmerica launches new scholarship program

Aug 16, 2014

CollegeAmerica has started a new scholarship program for prospective students. The school, which offers undergraduate degree programs in...

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Teacher For America-Colorado gets a new deputy executive director

Aug 1, 2014

Teach For America−Colorado has named Kelley Pomis as deputy executive director. A native of Colorado Springs and a graduate of Colorado State...

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Ranch Creek Elementary student wins first place in H20-Eco Challenge

Jul 2, 2014

Alyssa Murphy, who in the fall will be in the fifth grade at Ranch Creek Elementary in Academy School District 20, won first place and a Kindle...

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Harrison School District 2 gets grants for security updates

Jul 7, 2014

Three schools in Harrison School District 2 recently received grants to make security updates. Wildflower Elementary School, Giberson Elementary...

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Mini law school teaches basics of legal system

Jul 7, 2014

Anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to go to law school and is interested in exploring the basic concepts of our legal system can...

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PPCC hires new director of grants

Jul 9, 2014

Tammye Pirie has been hired is as the director of grants for Pikes Peak Community College. She will Pirie oversee the grant office and guide...

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Former Harrison Supt. Miles offers Dallas schools for immigrant kids at border

Jul 10, 2014

Mikes Miles, former Harrison School District 2 superintendent, w ho now  has that post with Dallas Independent School District, has offered...

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Blogger Bios

Carol McGraw writes about education for The Gazette with Debbie Kelley. The coverage includes lifelong learning, state and national education issues, 17 school districts in the Pikes Peak Region, pre-K through 12, plus higher education including Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College and for-profit schools. Carol has a B.A. degree in journalism and a year of law school. These days she enjoys taking quilting classes and says she’s got a lot to learn. Carol recently took obedience classes with her unruly Australian shepherd and Australian cattle dog. She failed. They got their diplomas.

Debbie 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.”