Education Buzz

Colorado Springs high school student receives national academic honor

Aug 3, 2015

The National Society of High School Scholars recently selected Matthew...

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Girl Scouts of Colorado kicks off this year's recruiting campaign

Aug 3, 2015

Girl Scouts of Colorado kicked off its recruitment campaign Monday for...

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Three local graduates join Teach for America to work in high-poverty schools

Aug 3, 2015

Teach for America, a national nonprofit that recruits college graduates...

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Early child education organization receives grant to fund new position

Aug 3, 2015

Early Connections Learning Centers, formerly Child Nursery Centers, has...

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Settlement reached in church/state dispute at Florence High School

Jul 30, 2015

In a settlement reached this week, Cowboy Church at Crossroads will no...

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Application cycle opens for Pets in the Classroom grants

Jul 24, 2015

The Pets in the Classroom grant program will start accepting...

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Homeschoolers can get discounts on computers, software

Jul 24, 2015

Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers and software at...

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Volunteers to build new playground in Colorado Springs on Saturday

Jul 24, 2015

More than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees and Colorado Springs residents...

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School renovation project wins award

Jul 23, 2015

The new community athletic field and renovated children’s playground at...

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Urban Peak hosts annual fundraiser breakfast Wednesday to benefit homeless youth

Jul 20, 2015

Urban Peak Colorado Springs, the region’s nonprofit serving homeless...

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Colorado Springs-headquartered trades school to receive nine VISTA workers

Jul 20, 2015

The Career Building Academy has received an AmeriCorps grant for...

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National school choice group selects Colorado Springs mom as president

Jul 20, 2015

The board of PublicSchools.org, a national parent-led nonprofit...

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Annual Peace Camp has openings for 1st-8th graders

Jul 20, 2015

There are still spaces available for first through eighth grade...

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Local retired science educator takes on leadership role with national association

Jul 16, 2015

A retired science educator from Colorado Springs is the new president...

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Family and consumer sciences teacher graduates from training program

Jul 14, 2015

Alyssa Horlick, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Miami-Yoder...

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A few spots still left for Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids in Colorado

Jul 14, 2015

About 20 spots are still available for youth to sign up for the sixth...

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College professor promoted to associate dean

Jul 14, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College has promoted Danen Jobe to the position of...

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Local school district earns excellence certificate for financial reporting

Jul 14, 2015

The Association of School Business Officials International has awarded...

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Governor appoints local woman to state student leaders board

Jul 14, 2015

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Josephine...

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Laundrobot invention earns Colorado Springs middle school student big award

Jul 10, 2015

Could you think of a solution to an everyday problem that could...

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Tips to avoid scholarship and student loan scams

Jul 10, 2015

Recent high school graduates can be the target for unscrupulous...

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Colorado College alum nominated to lead nation's top science organization

Jul 6, 2015

A geophysicist who received her bachelor’s degree in physics from...

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Seven new trustees join Colorado College's governing board

Jul 2, 2015

Colorado College, a private liberal arts school in Colorado Springs,...

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Cleopatra the tortoise gets her prosthetic shell

Jul 2, 2015

Cleopatra, a rescued tortoise whose shell was damaged due to...

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Local social studies teacher selected to attend technology conference

Jul 2, 2015

A sixth grade social studies teacher at Mountain Vista Community...

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Students take to the mountains to raise awareness about mental illness

Jun 25, 2015

A group of Fort Lewis College students and alumni has set a goal to...

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

Jun 23, 2015

A controversial education leader is returning to Colorado Springs....

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Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation

Jun 24, 2015

Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton...

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Local school district receives award for finance reporting

Jun 23, 2015

The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance...

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Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding

Jun 16, 2015

Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that...

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Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 to participate in active shooter exercise

Jun 15, 2015

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in coordination with other...

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Local school district board selects new member following a resignation

Jun 10, 2015

The newest member of the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board of...

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Timing error in SAT test books won't affect scores, College Board rules

Jun 9, 2015

After announcing that the June 6 SAT test contained a printing error in...

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Peyton Manning's kids' foundation donates $10,000 to Colorado Springs cause

Jun 5, 2015

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation has...

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Local Teen Court executive elected president of statewide association

Jun 4, 2015

The assistant executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Teen...

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Three local teams place in Colorado state high school fishing championship

Jun 2, 2015

Three local teams placed in the top 10 in last weekend’s Colorado State...

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Six former Lewis-Palmer D-38 employees selected for Hall of Fame

Jun 2, 2015

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument has selected the 2015 Hall...

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Challenger middle schoolers come up short at national academic competition

Jun 1, 2015

Challenger Middle School students didn’t place at this year’s Junior...

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board to host informal community coffee

Jun 1, 2015

The Lewis-Palmer board of education will host a community coffee,...

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Knock-knock jokes needed for fundraiser to benefit Colorado families

May 28, 2015

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Who! Who, who? That’s what an owl says!...

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PPCC marketing campaign advances to national competition

May 27, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College’s “What You’ll Find Will Surprise You”...

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Music video from Colorado Springs native and local cast hits the big time

May 27, 2015

A Colorado Springs native’s music video that was filmed at Shove Chapel...

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Air Force Academy neighbor offers bird's-eye view of Thunderbirds' flyover

May 27, 2015

Location, location, location. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry...

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School that teaches survivalist Stone Age living skills to hold open house

May 27, 2015

Want to learn how to make fire out of friction, shoot a bow and arrow,...

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Deadline nearing for applications for law enforcement's first Teen Academy

May 21, 2015

There are still a few more days left to apply for the first annual...

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Colorado Lottery accepting applications for program and project funding

May 21, 2015

Starburst Award applications are being accepted for projects using...

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English, math tests for 3-11th graders will be shorter next school year

May 21, 2015

Education commissioners and superintendents from 11 states and the...

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They won! Special-needs prom duo capture students' hearts in Colorado Springs

May 18, 2015

A new king and queen reign at Sierra High School. Seniors Johnny...

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A first at UCCS: Student to graduate from college before high school

May 14, 2015

From UCCS’ spokesman Tom Hutton comes this news: A Colorado Springs...

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PPCC students help low-income tax filers get refunds

May 13, 2015

Pikes Peak Community College, along with the Denver-based Piton...

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Middle school girl wins recent Math Olympiad for first time in its history

May 13, 2015

For the first time in the 32-year history of the Colorado Mathematical...

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Study: Teachers say they're stressed out

May 12, 2015

The American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.6 million educators,...

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Deadline for students to enter Chipotle's essay contest about food nears

May 12, 2015

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a Cultivating Thought essay...

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Secretary of Education to multi-task during this week's visit to Denver

May 12, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Denver Wednesday and...

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Doherty High students advance to national auto skills competition

May 12, 2015

Doherty High School automotive students Tyler Crist and Robert...

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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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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.”