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

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    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...

  • Colorado school bus driver's restraint of 3-year-old probed

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    DENVER — The Denver school district says a bus driver used an unauthorized device to keep a student in his seat, and the family of the autistic 3-year-old wants more information. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the district is investigating and placed the driver on...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Locally, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide the service. IRS-certified PPCC students will prepare...

  • PPCC instructor wins award for his undergraduate neuroscience work

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, 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 Neuroscience. The international organization focuses on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level. The award is given...

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