• Seat opens on Woodland Park school board

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Woodland Park School District Re-2 board of education has an opening for a director, following the resignation of Kenny Funk at the March meeting. A board member since Feb. 12, 2014, Funk was appointed vice president of the board in December. He resigned after accepting a job out...

  • YCA program names 17 high school finalists

    Joe Paisley
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The 17 area high school finalists to be a Young Champion Ambassador to Ancient Olympia, Greece were announced earlier this week. The program is part of Colorado Springs’s sister-city relationship with the birthplace of the Olympics. The winner will travel to Ancient Olympia three...

  • Pi Day hits the trifecta on Saturday

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    March 14, known as Pi Day to math geeks or a day to eat pie for anyone who wants to celebrate the mathematical constant of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is extra special this year. The decimal pattern that repeats to infinity starts with the numbers...

  • Colorado school board member sentenced on cocaine charge

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    SAN LUIS — A school board member for the Centennial School District has been given a deferred sentence for possession of cocaine. Costilla County District Court Judge Michael Gonzales also gave Augustine Esquibel probation for resisting arrest. Esquibel was arrested in May after a...

  • Colorado education board not satisfied with answers on data privacy from testing company

    By Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DENVER - Are parents just being paranoid or are their concerns about the privacy of student data that's collected during computerized testing and on surveys valid? Perhaps some of both. During a public hearing, the Colorado State Board of Education hosted Thursday, officials from...

  • Teaching is hard work, but effort is worth it

    By Patricia Rodriguez
    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Five days a week, I load my backpack into my car and drive 25 minutes to Panorama Middle School. It's quiet when I get there, but I'm quickly greeted by the clamor of 500 students hustling to their lockers. My favorite part of the day is morning duty in the auditorium, where I...

  • Former cadet's appeal claims knowledge of academy informant would have changed conviction

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    An Air Force Academy confidential informant could have spun tales to save his own skin during a classmate's court-martial, defense attorneys said during an appeal hearing Thursday for former cadet Stephan Claxton. Claxton was convicted in 2012 on charges including unlawful sexual...

  • Colorado youth survey on sex, drugs on hold

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's chief medical officer is headed to the state school board to ask them not to take an action that could reduce the number of anonymous surveys asking middle and high school students about their sex lives and drug habits. Dr. Larry Wolk is expected to attend a...

  • Air Force judge to review academy sex assault case involving informant

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    An Air Force judge on Thursday will weigh testimony on whether prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence that could have aided the defense of an Air Force Academy cadet convicted of sexual assault. Lawyers for former cadet Stephan H. Claxton argue that his 2012 conviction is void because...

  • Record marijuana sales a boost for Colorado schools

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado reported its best month yet for recreational marijuana sales in January, with a tenfold spike since last year in the tax stream designated specifically for schools. Colorado notched $8.8 million from marijuana-related taxes and fees in January. The numbers were...

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