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  • D-49 school board to discuss application for charter high school

    The application for a charter high school that would open in 2016 in a building funded by a November bond proposal is up for approval Tuesday night at a special meeting of Falcon School District 49’s board. If board members accept the application, Trail Ridge Academy High School’s existence will be contingent on voters passing a $130...

  • Air Force 'Football 101' draws little heat compared to similar CU program

    Amanda Calhoun is thankful two words were left off the title of the educational evening she helps conduct for Air Force's football team. The program - geared toward women - is called "Football 101." The Aug. 1 event, in its fourth year, bills itself as a fun night of food and football fundamentals. For $30 a participant can walk through...

  • AF Cadets mark midway point of basic training with field day

    Intense but friendly competition marked the halfway point through cadet basic training for freshman cadets at the Air Force Academy's annual field day July 11. More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre took to the athletic fields at the academy to compete for bragging rights as best squadron after 15 days of basic training....

  • Changes are taming chaos at Colorado Springs youth detention facility, officials say

    A combination of factors created dangerous conditions inside Spring Creek Youth Services Center in recent years, Division of Youth Corrections officials said last week. But a month after embarking on an aggressive plan to remedy the difficulties, officials say they have made noticeable progress. A lack of strong leadership, deteriorating...

  • UCCS MPA program gets benchmark accreditation

    The Master of Public Administration program at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been independently accredited. The accreditation is for seven years, the longest possible time, Terry Schwartz, interim dean, said Thursday in an email announcement. The accrediting agency, Network of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, said...

  • Schools a haven for many unaccompanied minors

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border primarily from Central America, U.S. schools are one of the few government institutions where they are guaranteed services. While their cases are processed, most are released to family members or sponsors who are told the children must be enrolled in...

  • School officials try healthier cafeteria options

    BOSTON (AP) — Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students. "I have my work cut out for me," said Sara...

  • The Country Life: 4-H extends beyond rural

    Our kids, Ryan and Hope, grew up in the city, but they've always had a love for the land and for animals; a variety of critters - dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens - were part of their childhood. Still, I sometimes wonder how different their lives might have been if they had grown up in the country. Would their love of...

  • Univ. of Phoenix faces gov't financial aid review

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apollo Education Group said the U.S. Department of Education will review the administration of federal student financial aid programs by its University of Phoenix subsidiary. The for-profit education company said Monday that the government review, which is scheduled to start Aug. 4, will initially cover the 2012-13 and...

  • Former Springs teacher and coach pens pooch-inspired book

    In her 33 years as a teacher at Mitchell and Doherty high schools, and an even longer career coaching swimming and running at the high school and college levels, Sandra Allen Badger saw dedication and passion triumph in countless ways, in scholars and in athletes. She learned that talent carries the gifted only so far. Success, personal or...

  • Pikes Peak United Way director wants to create success from 'cradle to career'

    What does it take to ensure someone lives a fulfilling and successful life from cradle to career? For the Pikes Peak United Way, it boils down to three things: Education, health and a person's ability to be self-sufficient with a fair income. The nonprofit has begun to shift its resources, volunteers and advocacy efforts more heavily toward...

  • UCCS philosophy professor Raphael Sassower receives President's Teaching Scholar award

    Midway through Raphael Sassower's undergraduate education, the recent immigrant from Israel was "bowled over" by a new way of thinking. Sassower, now a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was in his early 20s. He had just completed four years in his native country's army and was pursuing a degree in...

  • Governors group skirts 'radioactive' Common Core

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom. The Common Core standards were not on the formal...

  • Colorado Springs mother will die in student debt default

    At 40 years old, Tara Raskie knows she'll be buried with her student loan debt. A Colorado Springs single mom with daughters who are 19 and 17, Raskie owes $87,000 in federal student loan debt and $7,000 in Colorado student loan debt. For her state debt, a 25 percent garnishment is automatically taken from her retail job paycheck. She's on a...

  • Colorado Springs D-11 selected to help develop ways to meet new graduation guidelines for 'next generation learning'

    Along with mastering shoelace tying, kindergartners who do activities like Skype with students in a classroom in another country, exchange emails and figure out their similarities and differences will be more ready for college or the workforce after graduating from high school. At least that's the thought these days, as policy makers push for...


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