• 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...

  • Rain brings 'mud days' for schools in eastern El Paso County

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Practically every school district in Colorado closes for a snow day or two during the school year. But not many declare a mud day. That's what has happened on the eastern plains in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Miami- Yoder School District JT-60 canceled classes because the roads were...

  • Colorado Springs student suspended for bringing medical marijuana to school

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A disabled Sand Creek High School student was suspended Monday after school officials discovered medical marijuana in his lunch box, according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

  • Coroner rules on death of Notre Dame student from Colorado

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A University of Notre Dame senior's death the day before his graduation was an accident when he fell 35 feet from the roof of a campus sports arena, the St. Joseph County coroner has ruled. Coroner Chuck Hurley said Monday that an autopsy found William Meckling,...

  • UCCS chancellor honored at Colorado College graduation

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Along with having to abandon a soggy campus and trek across town for Colorado College's graduation festivities Monday, another special moment happened midway through the ceremony. A well-known local academician who has conferred thousands of degrees for more than a decade became the...

  • Woodland Park school becoming a haven for international students

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Last fall was rough for Theodor Olofsson. "My name is Theodor" were the only words he knew how to say in English when he started kindergarten at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park in August. "He was 5 years old and fearful," said his mom, Linda Olofsson. "'No one understands...

  • Colorado law firm endows marijuana law professorship

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    DENVER — A Colorado law firm specializing in marijuana law has endowed a professorship at the University of Denver. The three-year endowment is believed to be the first funded by the new marijuana industry. The professorship at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law will be...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A new king and queen reign at Sierra High School. Seniors Johnny Daniel, who has cerebral palsy, and Paige Steffonich, who has Down syndrome, and were among the three guys and three girls vying for Prom King and Queen. The student body selected the winners at Saturday night's prom,...

  • Colorado College moves graduation site because of rain

    The Gazette
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Colorado College has moved its Monday morning commencement ceremonies to the Broadmoor World Arena because of rain. CC was scheduled to have its graduation outdoors at its campus. The ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. at the arena. Graduates are asked to arrive at the arena no later...

  • Parents, community key to literacy success for Colorado Springs children

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The villagers at two Colorado Springs elementary schools are assembling to the beat of a drum they believe imparts a new solution to an age-old problem: Why can't Johnny read? "We think we have the answer," said Bob Null, who has been on the board of Colorado Springs School District...

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