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.
  • Fate of Venetucci Farm in limbo after foundation terminates staff

    Updated: Sat, Dec 9, 2017

    The loss of the bulk of the revenue for the historic Venetucci Farm in Security has led the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to terminate its staff. Susan Gordon, who with her husband, Patrick Hamilton, and their two children have managed Venetucci Farm for more than a decade, were...

  • Registration opens for Colorado College's 'Educating Children of Color Summit'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    The 11th annual Educating Children of Color Summit will be held Jan. 13 at Colorado College. The daylong event encourages all youth, particularly children of color and those in poverty, to pursue higher education and provides students the opportunity to receive scholarships and new...

  • Colorado Springs school advances in nationwide STEAM competition

    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs is one of five schools in Colorado being recognized nationally for inspiring change in their local communities through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. Selected from nearly 3,000 entries, the schools have been...

  • Colorado Springs Pearl Harbor survivor present as sailor who saved him is honored

    Updated: Thu, Dec 7, 2017

    Dec. 7, 1941 - "a date which will live in infamy" - has been deeply troubling for Colorado Springs resident Donald Stratton for the past 76 years. He was aboard the USS Arizona on that day when the Japanese launched their surprise attack, raining bombs on Pearl Harbor, the main base...

  • The Harvey Weinstein of Colorado College: Sexual misconduct tales for dorm's namesake lead to call for change

    Updated: Sat, Dec 2, 2017

    The harrowing personal accounts of female employees and students being sexually assailed at Colorado College a century ago were not indexed or catalogued. But deep in a collection of thousands of documents in the school's archives there they were: 20 pages of women's statements...

  • Colorado Springs school district agrees to offer on vacant land for low-income homes

    Updated: Sat, Dec 2, 2017

    If all goes as longtime Colorado Springs insurance agent Don Bates and his family envision, barren land in a blighted area of southeast Colorado Springs will have a purpose: Up to 250 single-family homes for low-income residents will be built over the next few years. "It'll be a...

  • It's shark week for students at one Colorado Springs high school

    Updated: Fri, Dec 1, 2017

    Frog specimens hopped aside Thursday in the biology lab at St. Mary's High School to make room for the big kahuna of high school dissection: the spiny dogfish shark. "It's disgusting," said senior Damien Zuniga. "It smells way worse than the squid we dissected." The project was...

  • Results announced for Colorado Springs school board race recount

    Updated: Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    The recount is in, and the Academy School District 20 board candidate who was ahead has prevailed in winning the seat, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office announced Thursday. Doug Lundberg will claim the third open seat on the D-20 board. The margin between Lundberg and...

  • Charity gives Colorado Springs boy battling cancer gift of memories

    Updated: Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Santa stopped at 12-year-old Carter Gates' house Wednesday morning, arriving not by reindeer-drawn sleigh, but by fire truck with the siren blaring and lights blazing. "This is like the best Christmas present ever," Carter exclaimed, adding that he felt like he was going to faint...

  • Suicide prevention organization in Colorado Springs to hold teen art show this weekend

    Updated: Wed, Nov 29, 2017

    An open palm holding a flower, tears raining down the words "ha ha," a taped mouth that says "speak," and other works of art will be on display starting Friday in a show called "Surviving the Storm: A Meditation on Teen Suicide." The third annual show, sponsored by Pikes Peak Suicide...

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