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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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PARCC officials look at shortening testing

Apr 16, 2015

Facing possible withdrawal of another state, officials from the...

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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...

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Deadline nearing for arts scholarship

Apr 14, 2015

The deadline for graduating Manitou Springs high school students to...

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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...

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Colorado College student awarded Fulbright scholarship

Apr 10, 2015

Annaliese Schroeder, a senior at Colorado College and the daughter of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Colorado lawmakers continue introducing bills to limit testing

Jan 20, 2015

Chalkbeat Colorado, a nonprofit news organization covering educational...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Grants available for classroom pets

Jan 6, 2015

The Pets in the Classroom grant program is accepting applications from...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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PPCC marketing and communication department wins awards

Dec 12, 2014

Pikes Peak Community College’s marketing and communication department...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Host families sought for foreign exchange students

Nov 3, 2014

World Heritage Student Exchange Programs, a nonprofit organization...

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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...

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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...

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Local graduate makes Broadway debut

Oct 25, 2014

Matthew McMahan, a 2005 Woodland Park High School graduate, is...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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High school kids take traffic safety challenge

Oct 16, 2014

Drive Smart Colorado launched its 26th annual High School Traffic...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Local school superintendent selected for national board

Sep 9, 2014

Andre Spencer, superintendent of Harrison School District 2 has been...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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CollegeAmerica launches new scholarship program

Aug 16, 2014

CollegeAmerica has started a new scholarship program for prospective...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.”