• Critics of Jeffco school board launch recall effort

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    GOLDEN — Critics of the Jefferson County school board are launching an effort to recall the board's conservative majority. A group called Jeffco United for Action announced Friday that two parents of students in the district submitted a proposed recall petition to the county clerk's...

  • Students take to the mountains to raise awareness about mental illness

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A group of Fort Lewis College students and alumni has set a goal to climb every 14,000-foot peak in Colorado this summer, to raise awareness of mental health issues. The team created the Climb Out of the Darkness expedition and is inviting the public to join them for a number of the...

  • Arts spice up summer learning in Colorado Springs district

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Summer school. Ugh. For decades, students who end the school year academically behind their peers take extra classes during summer break to catch up, while their friends are at the swimming pool or home playing video games. It's different this year for elementary and middle school...

  • Controversial education leader quits Texas job, plans to return to Colorado Springs

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A controversial education leader is returning to Colorado Springs. Former Harrison School District 2 superintendent and 2004 Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles resigned Tuesday as superintendent of Dallas Independent School District in Texas. A disagreement over contract...

  • Restorative justice program gets grant from Peyton Manning's foundation

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Teen Court has received a $10,000 grant from Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation to support restorative justice programs. Colorado Springs Teen Court is an alternative sentencing program that uses trained student volunteers to provide restorative justice sentencing...

  • New job for Colorado principal who nixed coming out speech

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LONGMONT — The principal who pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation is resigning for a new job at another school. The Daily Times-Call reports (http://bit.ly/1ddZuJ7) parents were notified Monday that Twin Peaks Charter Academy...

  • Local school district receives award for finance reporting

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Association of School Business Officials has given a Finance Certificate of Excellence award to the Academy School District 20's business services department for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 2014. ASBO officials say the award...

  • Community embraces Library 21c concept, making first year a success

    By Robin Intemann Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    If you haven't checked out Library 21c, you're overdue. The Pikes Peak Library District's 21st century library opened its doors at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive one year ago as the first phase of a three-building project that includes renovation at the East and Penrose libraries. The 21c...

  • Air Academy students play artistic role at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Kira Olson graduated from Air Academy High School last month and will head to art school in Santa Fe this fall but already has completed her first commissioned piece that will be seen by millions of people. "It took awhile to make and was hard to figure out, but it feels awesome," she...

  • Colorado Springs kids make mock Mars landing a big success

    By Jack Howland jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The three members of the Martian Lions of Science approached the 2-foot ladder as if it were a launch pad Friday morning, ready to deploy their handmade landing craft to Mars. In this case, the red planet was red cardboard set against green carpeting. The self-named team - Emily...

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