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  • Educators: Colorado Springs area ripe for innovation

    Seeds of innovation have been planted in the field of education in the Pikes Peak region, and what's growing now is just the beginning, according to the cultivators. "I tell our students, you're not only competing with students in your classroom but with kids globally. We want to give our kids an equal playing field," Harrison School District...

  • Colorado budget finalized, heads to governor

    DENVER — Lawmakers approved a $23 billion budget for Colorado next year, sending to the governor a spending plan that increases money for public schools, colleges, and funds an aerial firefighting fleet. The House approved the budget Tuesday on a 38-26 vote with only one Republican voting yes. The Senate approved the budget Monday with...

  • Senate approves Colorado college tuition cap

    DENVER — A tuition cap and funding boost would be headed to Colorado's public colleges and universities under a bill approved Tuesday by in the state Senate. The Senate voted 34-1 for a bill to lower maximum tuition hikes from 9 percent to 6 percent. The bill also adds about $100 million to higher education funding. Public colleges saw deep...

  • Tuition hike cap, college funding boost approved in Colorado Senate

    DENVER — Colorado's public colleges and universities will have lower tuition increase caps next year under a bill that won unanimous approval Monday in the state Senate. The Senate gave voice approval to a bill to lower maximum tuition hikes from 9 percent to 6 percent. The bill also adds about $100 million to higher education funding, an...

  • Randi Zuckerberg to speak at UCCS

    Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook executive, author and Broadway singer, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in the Gallogly Events Center. The sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the social media company's former director of market development, will discuss how social media and...

  • Police: Connecticut teenager threatened Columbine

    LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Before she was arrested on allegations of planning to shoot up two high schools, a Connecticut teenager was suspected of making threats against Columbine High School in Colorado. Natalie Carpenter, 18, is accused of phoning in a threat to Columbine, The Register Citizen reported (http://bit.ly/RhHROt ). She was arrested...

  • Colorado school district denies allegations of grade inflation

    GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Junction school district is denying allegations of grade inflation after several teachers testified in a case involving the termination of a teacher. The Daily Sentinel reports Sunday (http://bit.ly/1nlnI45) that an administrative law judge recommended retaining Grand Junction High School math teacher Jane White...

  • Districts brace for debut of online state testing

    The three-week window for Colorado's inaugural debut of online-only standardized testing opens Monday, and while a few bugs are expected, some are already biting hard. "It's a beast," said Lori Benton, director of assessment and gifted education for Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument. "We're getting emails daily from the Colorado...

  • Students connect with veterans for firsthand look at history

    Coronado High School students studying history put down their books this month to hang out with the people who lived it. Students from Jill Haffley's classes spent a day at the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, a senior living community, talking with people who lived through World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. "They may not remember...

  • SE Iowa greenhouse captures industrial heat

    FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Minutes after train cars loaded with coal roll by, Jan Swinton admits this rough industrial park on Fairfield's north side is hardly where you'd expect to find the beginnings of a lush vegetable garden that will help feed the area's 1,700 schoolchildren. But there, tucked behind a nondescript factory, is a new...

  • Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for 1st time

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in Iowa law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across the state. Following passage by the Legislature, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill this week that effectively establishes a definition for the reading disability in Iowa code and offers...

  • AROUND TOWN: Historic Day Nursery's 117th anniversary

    Passers-by often wonder about the huge Tudor building at the corner of Rio Grande and Tejon streets. An old church turned school? A mining baron's mansion?

  • UCCS' Janice Gould named Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

    Janice Gould, associate professor of Women's and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named 2014-16 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region made the announcement Thursday. "I'm honored, very pleased, and looking forward to becoming the next ambassador for poetry in our...

  • Education consortium holds logo contest for students

    The k2i STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Consortium is holding a logo contest for Pikes Peak region middle and high school students. The group of businesses and educators works together to promote STEM education, from kindergarten to the workforce. The logo must be an original design, reproducible and scalable from large to...

  • Free online course helps parents of teen drivers

    A free online course for parents to help their teens become safer drivers is available at www.COTeenDriver.com. The Colorado Teen Driving Alliance created the new resource. Parents will learn how they can limit their teen's risks while driving by enforcing safe driving practices and limiting distractions. The course was prompted by a recent...

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