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1 year 2 months ago

Schools spent $700K in failed lawsuit

DENVER - A legal battle over education funding that dragged on for nearly a decade is finally over. The Colorado Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit Tuesday designed to force lawmakers into spending more on K-12 education. In the 4-2 ruling on Lobato v Colorado , the justices ruled...

1 year 3 months ago

Free breakfast bill clears State Senate

DENVER - Certain public schools in Colorado could soon be required to serve free breakfast to students during the start of the school day. House Bill 1006 , the Breakfast after the Bell bill, passed the State Senate Friday after clearing the House last month. Beginning in the fall...

2 years 3 months ago

Firsthand history lesson

Honors history students from Coronado High School are getting a personal lesson about our nation's wars from the men and women who fought them. Around 90 students spent the day Wednesday at the Inn at Garden Plaza Retirement Community recording interviews with veterans of World War II, the Korean War...

2 years 3 months ago

Mitchell HS celebrates its cultural diversity

Students at Mitchell High School celebrated their diverse cultural make up Tuesday with a lunch-hour pot luck and afternoon asseembly. Spanish teacher Dolores Borrero organized the Multicultural Celebration and says the school is unique in that so many first and second generation immigrants attend classes here. The students...

2 years 7 months ago

Upgrades warm buses on cold days

An effort to reduce air pollution in Colorado Springs has the positive side effect of making school buses warmer for students. Colorado Springs School District 11 received a regional air quality grant to install fluid heaters in about 90 percent of their buses. The upgrade cuts the amount...

2 years 8 months ago

Education cuts hitting home

Classroom in Colorado Springs School District 11 will be empty next week as employees take their two mandatory furlough days this year. Glen Gustafson, D11's chief financial office, says all of the furloughs are happening during Thanksgiving week to minimize the impact on the community. "We know that this...

2 years 9 months ago

Bracing for the snow

At the District 11 transportation facility there's a lot of work to be done before a snow storm. Facilities Director Kris Garnhart says his crews, understandably, prefer to rig their pick up trucks and dump trucks with plows and sanders the day before the snow hits. "We just don't...

2 years 11 months ago

Back to School: Preschool and Kindergarten

All this week, News First 5 and KOAA.COM are helping parents to get their children ready to go back to school. This morning on News First Today, we are focusing on the youngest students: preschoolers and kindergarteners. I spoke with Kathy Howell, the Early Childhood Coordinator for Colorado Springs...

3 years 2 months ago

District 11 nears deal with teachers union

Teachers in Colorado Springs School District 11 are voting to ratify their new master agreement with the district. The vote among the Colorado Springs Education Association members is being conducted online and will be finished at noon Wednesday. The D11 school board will vote on the agreement at their meeting...

3 years 4 months ago

D11 looks to cut $12.5 million

Colorado Springs School District 11 is bracing for an estimated $12.5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming school year. That dollar amount is based on combination of revenue shortfall from the state ($11.2 million) and increases in operating costs ($1.3 million). Board members were given a packet containing...

3 years 9 months ago

Colorado Springs D-11 makes Top 10 list

Colorado Springs School District 11 has been named one of the top ten school districts in the nation in digital technology by the Center for Digital Education. D-11 is the only district in the state to be honored. "With rising expectations and shrinking resources, these districts have utilized...

4 years 2 months ago

Lessons from the Space Station

Sixth grade students at the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs are spending the remainder of the school year studying the International Space Station. Next week, the students will interview scientists and engineers familiar with the station as part of their project. Two engineers from Boeing and two...

4 years 4 months ago

Layoffs loom as D-11 votes on budget cuts

As many as 15 assistant principals, school support staff, special education teachers and transportation employees could be out of a job this summer as a result of $6.8 million in budget cuts being considered tonight by District 11 Board of Education. Teachers, custodians and bus drivers will be spared...

4 years 5 months ago

Budget cuts could lead to dirty schools

Your child's school is likely going to lose a substantial amount of money next year. Lawmakers are proposing hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to K-12 education due to the state budget deficit. At school District 11 in Colorado Springs that loss will mean layoffs and cuts to...

4 years 8 months ago

School District 11 seeking volunteers

Colorado Springs School District 11 has a GrandFriends program that places retiree and senior citizen volunteers in District 11 schools. These GrandFrieds give one-on-one attention to sudents who need extra help. An orientation and training program is being offered Thursday. You don't need prior teaching experience, only a love of...

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