• Struggling Colorado Springs middle school gets one-year reprieve

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place." The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic...

  • Calhan Elementary boosts achievement with help from Colorado Turnaround Network

    By Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Linda Slothower was hired to be principal at Calhan Elementary School in August 2013. A few weeks later, she found out the school wasn't doing so well. It had a "priority improvement" rating on the state's accountability system, the second lowest. "That was very concerning," she...

  • Durango High School Twitter gossip site shut down

    Associated Press
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DURANGO — A Twitter account that spread gossip about students at Durango High School, often criticizing people by name, has been shut down. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1ExaCuZ ) reports the site was shut down Thursday evening. It wasn't clear if that was because of a...

  • Lee, Merrifield bills applauded by Colorado Springs residents

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Bills to radically reduce standardized testing and increase restorative justice for juveniles got a warm reception from about 50 citizens who braved a snowy Saturday morning to hear from state Rep. Pete Lee and state Sen. Michael Merrifield. The people gathered at Penrose Library...

  • State weather roundup: Southwestern Colorado could get snow in feet

    Associated Press
    Yesterday

    DENVER — Southwestern Colorado could see snow measured in feet again this weekend. The National Weather Service says it's difficult to predict how much snow the storm will produce starting Friday morning but the southwest San Juan Mountains look to benefit the most. The weather...

  • Colorado Springs high school briefly on lockdown after BB gun brandished

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    A teenager was arrested on suspicion of menacing, a possible felony offense, after pointing a BB gun at students outside Palmer High School on Wednesday, police said. A few minutes before noon, Colorado Springs police received a call reporting a large fight among high school students...

  • Colorado Springs mom stresses knowing parents' rights in education

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Wake up! Be informed!" That's the message a local mother of three who has been around the educational block has for other parents. Bethany Drosendahl served as a parent representative on a 15-member, statewide task force lawmakers formed last year to study Colorado's standardized...

  • Chicago developer wants to build apartment complex near Colorado Springs university

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students may have another off-campus apartment complex to choose from, if plans of a Chicago-based developer materialize. GG Land Group, a limited- liability company developing more than 30 off-campus student apartment sites across the...

  • Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The team is being recognized for being named Colorado Best in State for the app members created in the 2014-15 Verizon Innovation...

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public...

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