• Three Colorado Springs D-11 school to add restorative justice programs

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A mid-year budget appropriation of $52,000 for the discipline office in Colorado Springs School District 11 will pay for three more schools to learn the principles of restorative justice - the idea that misbehavior is not only about the wrongdoing, but also about repairing the harm...

  • Air Force Academy cadet released from Virginia hospital after heart attack

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    An Air Force Academy cadet who suffered a heart attack during spring break has been released from a Virginia hospital, her family said on Twitter. Hailey Lane, whose struggle to recover from the March 23 incident grew into a Twitter movement under the hashtag #HaileyStrong, was headed...

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Teen aims for aerospace career, helping others

    By Ellie Cole Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    This is the 17th of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Jacob Vendl loves "The Office" - in particular he loves Jim. "He is one of my favorite people, even though he is not real," Vendl said. "He is fun-loving but serious, and he is reflected a lot in the...

  • StoryCorps MobileBooth back in Colorado Springs to collect locals' stories

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    When the StoryCorps MobileBooth rolled into Colorado Springs for a month in 2009, people started to talk - literally. Two of those people were Jeff Bieri, program director at KRCC (91.5 FM), and his foster mother, Mary Miller. They cozied up over a table inside the traveling studio...

  • Survey: Teen pregnancy still an important problem; Wednesday is 'National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy'

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Wednesday is the 14th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and despite historic declines, 82 percent of adults say teen pregnancy remains an important problem, compared to other social and economic problems in their community, according to a new survey released by The...

  • Teacher Appreciation Week brings deals on school supplies at Staples

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Colorado Springs Staples stores are observing Teacher Appreciation Week with exclusive discounts on classroom supplies now through Saturday. Every Staples store is offering 40 percent back in “rewards” on school supplies for Teacher Rewards members. The offer is 35 percent more in...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Hope, hard work helped teen find her way

    By Anslee Wolfe Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    This is the 16th of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Volunteering at Memorial Hospital, Van Nguyen met a teenager with cancer who changed her outlook. She was on trash duty in the oncology unit when a patient asked why she looked sad. It led to them...

  • Colorado Springs Senator angered at amendments to his testing bill

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - A grand bargain was reached Monday on the issue of reducing the number of standardized tests given in Colorado's public schools - ninth-grade math and reading exams will continue under both bills being considered - enraging some while pacifying others. Sen. Michael...

  • Colorado Springs school 'family' celebrates old charm, new attitudes

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Narrow hallways, no air conditioning, heavy oak doors and winding staircases may not seem like ideal features for a modern middle school. But the 90-year-old architecture at North Middle School near downtown Colorado Springs is what two longtime employees like most about the...

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