• Some Colorado Springs high schools turn to kids to help hire coaches

    By SCOTT KANIEWSKI scott.kaniewski@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Cara Daily wasn't nervous at all. The Liberty junior refused. She had a job to do and wanted to make sure she and her teammates did it correctly. The Lancers were coming off a 6-18 season in girls' basketball. Coach Dawn Valentine was no longer in charge and Daily, along with several...

  • College test a breeze for Colorado Springs whiz kid

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Some kids would rather eat a plate of broccoli than take a test. Not Sebastian Myers. The 13-year-old Carmel Middle School student relishes the thought of sinking his teeth into a juicy exam. "I like that I get to show what I know," he said. Sebastian knows a lot, and he proved it...

  • Colorado's Supreme Court blocks school voucher program

    IVAN MORENO, Associated Press
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a school voucher program in suburban Denver violates the state constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools. The ruling Monday reverses a Colorado Court of Appeals decision upholding the program....

  • Manitou Springs art exhibit features work from youth in correctional facility

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    A student exhibit opened last week at the Manitou Art Center, but none of the artists were allowed to attend. The adolescents who created the artwork are locked up in what amounts to juvenile jail. They are awaiting court hearings involving criminal cases or have been found guilty of...

  • Former Colorado Springs educator who resigned as superintendent from Texas school to get $275K

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    DALLAS — A former superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District who resigned to return to Colorado will receive $275,000. DISD trustees voted Friday to pay Mike Miles in a separation deal. Board members decided to bring back ex-Superintendent Michael Hinojosa at $25,000...

  • 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...

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