Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.
  • Colorado Springs-area charter schools grow up and out

    Updated: Sat, Aug 19, 2017

    A new charter school is opening this fall, and several others in the Pikes Peak region are completing expansions or renovations. Colorado Military Academy, the state's first K-8 military-style school, at 360 Command View Drive, will hold a grand opening at 6 p.m. Thursday with state...

  • Powerball jackpot climbs to more than half a billion dollars

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    It’s still climbing. No one won the $432.5 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing. The numbers: 9-15-43-60-64, Powerball: 4, PowerPlay: 3. Saturday’s windfall will rise to more than half a billion dollars. The jackpot was an estimated $510 million as of Thursday....

  • 9 highlights from the 2017 Colorado Measures of Academic Success student tests

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Spring student assessment scores were released Thursday by Colorado Department of Education officials. Here are some of the highlights for Colorado Springs-area schools. 2017 Colorado Measures of Academic Success ENGLISH Highest scores Cheyenne Mountain Elementary 5th...

  • Colorado student testing results: English gains better than in math and science

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Spring student assessment scores released Thursday mark the third year of results from current English and math tests and the fourth year for science and social studies - enough data to yield trends, say Colorado Department of Education officials. The big takeaways? Students made...

  • Injured golden eagle found near Divide soars again

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    DIVIDE - The Girl from Divide didn't hesitate for a second, after the door of the large plastic crate opened. The majestic golden eagle launched into the vast sky above an 870-acre cattle ranch without looking back. Her wings, spanning 6½ feet, soared on brisk thermal currents. The...

  • Hiker rescued from West Maroon Pass area

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    A hiker in distress, 67-year-old Jim Levy from Denver, was rescued from the West Maroon Pass area in Pitkin County Wednesday. Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and a CareFlight helicopter stationed in Rifle responded to the distress call, which the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office...

  • Domestic violence suspect crashes car, resists arrest

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Colorado Springs Police arrested a domestic violence suspect, 37-year-old Branden Kumley, after he crashed his SUV in the 3700 block of Centennial Boulevard early Thursday morning. Kumley also “was intoxicated and not compliant with officers who had to tackle him to the ground,”...

  • Pueblo County Sheriff's Office searching for suspected ENT robber

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking a suspect in connection with a robbery Wednesday at the ENT Federal Credit Union in Rye. An arrest warrant for bank robbery, a Class 4 Felony, has been issued for Dennis Flowers, 66, who is suspected of walking into ENT Federal Credit...

  • Top teachers from Pikes Peak region grace Colorado competition

    Updated: Wed, Aug 16, 2017

    Once again, the Pikes Peak region is making a strong showing in the state's annual "Teacher of the Year" recognition. Three of this year's seven finalists are local teachers, the Colorado Department of Education announced Tuesday. Among the 2018 candidates: Renee Motter, English...

  • With widely diverse goals and resources, Colorado Springs area's 17 school districts embrace new year

    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    The summer sprint to sleep in, hang out and goof off is nearing the finish line. Some schools are back in session, while others resume over the next few weeks. What's new for the new school year? A lot. Students in three of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts are...

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