• Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with...

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

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    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
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    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....

  • Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces. All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad. Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history...

  • 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...

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