• Colorado Springs school district to boost salaries

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    All employees in Colorado Springs School District 11 will get raises and one-time bonuses next school year. A new salary schedule for teachers also has been approved to make the D-11 more competitive with other regional school districts. The D-11 Board of Education agreed to...

  • Rural districts present test ideas to Colorado school board

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    DENVER — A dozen rural school districts from across Colorado are calling for relief from Common Core-linked testing and asked for a chance to take a local approach to measuring student success. The 14-district Rural Innovation Alliance boosted its case in a presentation to the state...

  • Alt-rock band from L.A. comes to aid of Colorado Springs high school band

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The meeting of the minds of two bands last summer has led to what both hope is one great idea. A Los Angeles-based alternative rock band with a loyal national following is throwing a concert Saturday night in Colorado Springs to raise money for a local high school's underfunded band...

  • Enjoy the ceremony, The Gazette will handle the photos - List of high school, college graduation ceremonies in Pikes Peak region

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Enjoy the ceremony. We'll handle the photos. The Gazette is photographing graduations for the Pikes Peak region's Class of 2015. You'll soon be able to see your school's photo gallery, order prints and share your own photos at gazette.com, presented by Presented by Phil Long...

  • Harrison student scores big with Gates scholarship

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Keenan Wright is one of the most dedicated students his high school teachers have seen. For the past four years, he has kept a bulls-eye focus on his goals and accomplished most of them. He's also devoted to giving back to the community. And he has an infectious smile. Those...

  • Two Colorado Springs high schools rank among the best in the state

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Two charter high schools in Colorado Springs are among the top 10 in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2015 ranking of best high schools. The Vanguard School in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 is rated second best in the state, behind No 1. Liberty Commons...

  • Colorado school authorities back off survey changes

    The Associated Press
    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado school officials backed off a plan Wednesday to change how the state asks kids about their sex lives and drug use in anonymous surveys. The decision came after health authorities pleaded to keep the survey intact to get the best data now that marijuana is legal for...

  • Colorado teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    BROOMFIELD — A suburban Denver middle school teacher is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a student for nearly a year, starting when she was 13. Prosecutors filed sexual assault charges against 45-year-old Christian Rocky Armstrong on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested....

  • PPCC students help low-income tax filers get refunds

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Pikes Peak Community College, along with the Denver-based Piton Foundation, provided free tax preparation for 775 low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. Twenty-nine Internal Revenue Service certified students spent 1,100 hours preparing and filing the...

  • Middle school girl wins recent Math Olympiad for first time in its history

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    For the first time in the 32-year history of the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a middle school girl won a first-place prize. Sara Gao, an eighth graader from Campus Middle School in Englewood was one of four first prize winners in...

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