• Colorado Springs teacher accused of sexual assault on student

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    A 30-year-old teacher who works at Stetson Hills Elementary School was arrested Friday after police received a Safe2Tell tip about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student. Christopher Markham, a paraprofessional at the school's library, is suspected of sexual...

  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Even as she was hugging sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for...

  • Free suicide prevention training offered for teens, parents

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

    Because of several recent teen suicides in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention will host a free training on how teens and adults can help prevent suicides, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sanctuary Church, 1930 W. Colorado Ave. The public is invited to attend. Although there is...

  • PHOTOS: Colorado Springs-area high schools, colleges commence with graduation season

    The Gazette
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Graduation season is in full swing in the Colorado Springs area. The Gazette is photographing graduations for the Pikes Peak region's Class of 2015. You can see your school's photo gallery, order prints and share your own photos at gazette.com/graduation, presented by Presented...

  • Brainiacs from Colorado Springs middle school head to national Brain Bowl

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    It's the brainiacs' turn. Five eighth-graders in the gifted and talented program at Challenger Middle School have become superheroes using the power of knowledge. The team won the state Optimist Brain Bowl championship for their grade level in March and on Friday fly to New Orleans...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    There are still a few more days left to apply for the first annual Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Teen Academy, sponsored by the Colorado Spring Police Department, the Fountain Police Department, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The deadline for applications is Sunday,...

  • Colorado Lottery accepting applications for program and project funding

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Starburst Award applications are being accepted for projects using Colorado Lottery funds. Submissions are open to any entity that has completed a Lottery-funded project in the past five years. Submissions may include programs and projects such as trails, skate parks, playgrounds,...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Education commissioners and superintendents from 11 states and the District of Columbia, that are members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, have agreed to shorten test time and consolidate testing of English language arts and math, starting next...

  • Security procedures at Air Force Academy delay high school graduation ceremony

    By Stephen Hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Going to a high school graduation at the Air Force Academy on Thursday? Make sure to arrive early and expect delays. With increased security measures at the campus and a rush of people attending three Academy School District 20 ceremonies there, traffic backups could occur on...

  • Hickenlooper signs bills that reduce amount of tests for Colorado students

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills Wednesday morning that will reduce the time Colorado students spend taking standardized tests by an estimated 30 hours between kindergarten and graduation. "This was the bill of the session. It was the most difficult bill, but...

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