• Furry and slithery visitors light up classroom for special-needs students

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Eleven-year-old Ethan Honea puffed up his shoulders, stuck out his tongue, yelled "ha" really loudly and tried to blow bubbles out of his eyes. Ethan and 43 other special-needs students in Falcon School District 49's Extended School Year program were mimicking the actions of the...

  • Monument schoolchildren learn that one person's trash becomes a charity's treasure

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Kids might like eating mini muffins and slurping applesauce and juice from squeezable pouches, but sorting the trash that results from snacking is anything but fun. "It smells. It's nasty," said Gwen Shindel, who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Prairie Winds Elementary School in...

  • Local organization that promotes school choice receives major funding

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Parents Challenge, a Colorado Springs nonprofit organization that promotes school choice by helping low-income families pay for school uniforms, tutoring, summer school, transportation and computers, has received two grants that will fund operations fot the coming school year. The...

  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 to participate in active shooter exercise

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 in coordination with other agencies will conduct an active shooter exercise at Carson Middle School at 10 a.m., in conjunction with Fort Carson Directorate of Emergency Services and other agencies.  The school is located at 6200 Prussman...

  • University of Colorado backs out of national sexual assault survey

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    BOULDER — The University of Colorado has backed out of a national survey intended to gather information about sexual assaults on college campuses. The poll, led by the Association of American Universities, gathered feedback this spring from about 800,000 college students across the...

  • Colorado schools to track marijuana offenses by students

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana, an effort aimed at gauging the effects of the drug's legalization in the state. The new requirement is an addition to a 2012 law directing law enforcement and district...

  • Colorado education board chief resigns from 'dysfunctional' board, slams colleagues

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Discord, dysfunction and delayed decision-making are among the reasons Marcia Neal cited Thursday in resigning as chairwoman of the Colorado State Board of Education. "Unfortunately, I do not see that the current board is interested in working together and reaching consensus," her...

  • Local school district board selects new member following a resignation

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The newest member of the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board of education is a former principal with 33 years of experience in the field. Julie Jadomski was chosen this week from a pool of applicants for the District 5 position, open due to the resignation of Robb Pike in May. Pike...

  • Religious freedom lawsuit against Colorado Springs school dropped

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A nonprofit legal organization has withdrawn a federal civil rights lawsuit it filed in November, after the leader of a prayer group at Pine Creek High said the school prohibited students from praying and talking about religious topics during a period called "seminar." A U.S....

  • Timing error in SAT test books won't affect scores, College Board rules

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    After announcing that the June 6 SAT test contained a printing error in the test books administered in the United States, The College Board said Monday that affected sections will not be scored. “We will still be able to provide reliable scores for all students who took the SAT on...

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