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1 year 3 weeks ago

Enrollment passes 10,000 students at UCCS

COLORADO SPRINGS - A record 10,598 students enrolled at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs for the fall 2013 semester, breaking last year's record by 821 students. This fall's student body also broke records for headcount, credit hours, and size of the freshman class. "We are pleased that...

1 year 4 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 6 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...

1 year 8 months ago

New NC child development director opposes pre-K

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The woman appointed to lead child development and early education in North Carolina once led an organization opposed to preschool programs. WRAL-TV in Raleigh reports Dianna Lightfoot was recently president of the National Physicians Center for Family Resources, an agency that advocates against "institutional" preschool programs....

2 years 5 months ago

D.A.R.E. no more in Pueblo

The DARE program has reached it's last stop in Pueblo. The police department is ending the drug and violence resistance courses in the fall in order to put more officers out on the streets. Captain James Gowin of the PPD's Services Bureau says the change was prompted by in-depth efficiency...

2 years 6 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 8 months ago

Colorado gets No Child Left Behind exemption

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. The move gives long-sought leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. A White House...

2 years 9 months ago

Colorado gets education grant

DENVER (AP) - Colorado has been awarded a federal education grant worth nearly $18 million - after being passed over three times for bigger awards from the "Race To The Top" competition. The award announced Friday will be used to help pay for Colorado's new statewide teacher evaluation system. It...

2 years 10 months ago

Big changes could come to D-60

Pueblo parents are up in arms over proposed school closures and re-alignments. For months, District 60 has been mulling over various plans to up academic achievement while dramatically cutting their budget. "Half of our 36 district schools are impacted." explains D-60 Spokesman Greg Sinn, "That's a full range of elementary,...

2 years 10 months ago

CO schools luring more foreign students

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A new Colorado law freeing state universities to recruit more international students has prompted schools to begin aggressively courting foreigners who want to study in the United States and pay higher tuition. The Daily Camera reports that Colorado State University is seriously considering hiring an...

2 years 11 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 11 months ago

Area schools eyeing more budget cuts

It seems another, deeper round of budget cuts are on the horizon for Colorado Springs schools. On Tuesday voters across the state defeated Proposition 103, which would have raised sales and income taxes to help fund schools. District 11 CFO Glenn Gustafson says cuts in his district will be steep....

3 years 1 day ago

Symposium ties school success to emotional well-being

A local non-profit agency is hosting a free education workshop next month to help parents, teachers and education professionals work together to improve student achievement. The Family Attachment Center's 7th Annual Achieving High Success in School Community Educational Symposium will take place at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs from...

3 years 5 days ago

Cool Science off to super cool start

The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival kicks off today with a blast! The carnival, which is held at UCCS, gets going at 9am with a day filled with activities, live demos, and much, much more. Get to see rockets launch, participate in nature walks, and witness (controlled) explosions. There's...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Walking around the world

Some fourth graders at Pioneer Elementary in Academy District 20 have walked half-way around the world. They're participating the Global Childrens Challenge wearing by pedometers every day for 50 days straight and keeping a log of their steps. Their daily class average of nearly 24,000 steps a day is...

3 years 3 weeks ago

CU introduces Peace Corps program

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A new program at the University of Colorado allows students to serve in the Peace Corps and also earn a master's in business administration, education, environmental studies or geography. Peter Simons of the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement at CU says the Boulder campus is...

3 years 1 month ago

Colo. school funding trial wrapping up in Denver

DENVER (AP) - Attorneys representing Colorado in a lawsuit over how it funds education say the plaintiffs want a utopia not required by the state constitution. But lawyers representing parents and 21 school districts contended Friday that the state's method of funding education is irrational and leaves poor students at...

3 years 1 month ago

UCCS goes global

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is taking big steps in getting students ready to work in a global market place. The school was recently awarded the At Home in the World Initiative from American Council on Education. The program was created to promote diversity in education and...

3 years 2 months ago

Suit challenging CO education funds goes to trial

DENVER (AP) - A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of how Colorado funds education is going to trial in Denver District Court. The plaintiffs contend Colorado has underfunded schools and violated its constitutional mandate requiring a "thorough and uniform" education system. They say that poorer communities are at a funding...

3 years 4 months ago

State seeking education grants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's governor says state educators have "every intention" of seeking new education grants announced Wednesday by the federal government. The $500 million grant competition announced Wednesday aims to do away with an uncoordinated system of preschool programs. Colorado and eight other states that unsuccessfully sought grants through...

3 years 5 months ago

Finalist named in education commissioner search

DENVER (AP) - The state board of education has narrowed down their search for the next education commissioner to one person. The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Robert Hammond has been named as the sole finalist. Hammond has been filling in as commissioner since December when former commissioner Dwight Jones...

3 years 5 months ago

TSA to partner with Pikes Peak Community College

The Transportation Security Administration will collaborate with Pike Peak Community College to train employees in security fields. PPCC will offer a Homeland Security Certificate as well as a two-year degree in Homeland Security. The partnership was announced today.

3 years 5 months ago

Lt. governor outlines Colorado education goals

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia has outlined three broad priorities for the state Department of Higher Education, which he also heads. Garcia said Thursday the top goals are implementing a 2010 state law designed to ensure teacher effectiveness, getting the public involved in a third-grade reading...

3 years 5 months ago

Update: District 49 to cut nearly 150 jobs

Wednesday proved to be a tough night for everyone involved in Falcon School District 49. The school board voted to eliminate nearly 150 jobs district wide. As part of financial shortfalls, the district had to cut about $11,000,000 from its 2011-2012 operating budget. The biggest cuts come in the form...

3 years 5 months ago

D-49 may cut jobs, salaries tonight

The Falcon School District 49 is set to potenitally slash jobs and salaries at a special meeting tonight a6 6pm at Falcon High School. These potential cuts come after D-29 declared a financial emergency earlier this month. News FIrst 5 will be at the meeting with a live report tonight...

3 years 6 months ago

Turkey hunting is hot

Turkey hunting is the fastest-growing form of hunting in the country according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. Since 1991, participation in turkey hunting has increased at a rate double that of population growth in the United States. The Colorado Division of Wildlife will host a wild turkey hunting...

3 years 7 months ago

Negotiations continue in District 11

Colorado Springs School District 11 released a statement this afternoon that says the School Board is disappointed with negotiations with the Colorado Springs Education Association. This is regarding the Board's proposal for opening Interest-Based Bargaining. Interest-Based Bargaining generally refers to a strategy during negotiations which focuses on mutually...

3 years 8 months ago

Dogs in the library

The Pikes Peak Library District opens its doors to the dogs, and children absolutely love it. Inside the library, a special program called Paws to Read encourages kids to speak aloud, and for one girl, this was her first time. You would not know by the look of her...

3 years 8 months ago

D-2 closes school

Harrison School District 2 will shut the doors to 54-year-old Chamberlin Academy this fall in an attempt to save money. Due to declining enrollment, the district had to make changes. One of which was to move to a year-round academic year; however, that change did not boost enrollment numbers as...

3 years 8 months ago

Colorado scores slightly above average in science

DENVER (AP) - Colorado students scored slightly higher than the national average on an exam that showed less than half the students nationwide were considered proficient in science. Test results released Tuesday show that 39 percent of Colorado fourth-graders scored proficient or above in 2009, compared with 32 percent...

3 years 9 months ago

PE teacher gives lessons on living healthy

Many of our lifestyle habits take shape while we're still young. Pine Creek High School physical education teacher Shelley Lockwood wants to make sure the habits her student develop are healthy ones. Growing up with four brothers, Lockwood has had a passion for sports since her early years. Today...

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