• New Colorado Springs school building was a collaborative effort

    BY DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Parents and teachers weren't the only ones who got a say in the design of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy's new building. It's pretty obvious that students did, too. A giant twirly slide twists from the second floor to the first floor in the open cafeteria that doubles as seating...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Yesterday

    Colorado Springs ranks 59th out of 90 of the most populated U.S. cities for most and least efficient spending on education, according to WalletHub, which compiled the list. Miami, Fla., topped the list for the best return on investment for education spending in the country....

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Yesterday

    Colorado has slipped from fifth to sixth place in a report released Tuesday that ranks state charter laws on their quality and strength. Minnesota tops the list that The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools compiles annually, to rank 43 state charter school laws....

  • School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    It's all about the fit. J.D. Elvrum needed to do school work at his own pace and be able to travel with his family, so he moved from a traditional school to an online school. Devon Klingman wanted to be around lots of students and more clubs, activities and academic choices, so she...

  • Colorado College on 'Mean Girls' sparks national interest

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A Colorado College comparative literature professor is attracting national attention she never expected for a recent two-week course on the film "Mean Girls." At the heart of Lisa Hughes' class, "Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls," is Tina Fey's 2004 movie, a script Fey based on...

  • Graduation, drop-out rates better statewide, mixed in Pikes Peak region

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    More Colorado students are staying in school and getting their high school diplomas, but local graduation and dropout rates are mixed. Statewide, statistics the Colorado Department of Education released Thursday show the on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014 increased 0.4...

  • New program dishes up Colorado Springs students' meals

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    One of the Pikes Peak region's most impoverished school districts leads the state in the number of students eating free meals through a federal program that started last fall. Harrison School District 2, in which nearly three-quarters of its 11,441 students come from low-income...

  • Olympians help spread fencing exposure to area elementary teachers, students

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows. The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs...

  • Blog: Colorado College course on 'Mean Girls' grabs limelight

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Mean girls have always been around, and will always be around. The question is why? That’s the heart of “Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls,” a recent two-week course at Colorado College that’s receiving quite a bit of attention. Lisa Hughes, professor of comparative literature,...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Wed, 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 and the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness. Founded in 1975, the bipartisan Council is made up of governor-appointed members and...

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