Special-needs students at Holmes Middle School are finding it easier to learn in a remodeled classroom, courtesy of a team of businesses and volunteers. And teachers at Monterey Elementary School are enjoying a bright, new lounge where they can relax and recharge. These projects came about through a nonprofit, COSILoveYou...
It’s back to the drawing board for leaders of Calhan School District and Lewis-Palmer School District 38 after bond requests to address growth, program and capital needs were rejected by voters in November. Calhan School District had requested $15.8 million for school safety and security upgrades, expansion of the Career,...
Two local colleges took steps this year to make it easier for students to afford higher education. In August, Colorado College announced a pilot program called the Colorado Pledge to boost access for students from low- and middle-income families. Beginning in 2020, fees for tuition, room and board will be waived...
By Regan Foster A first-in-the-state partnership between Harrison School District 2, Pikes Peak Community College and a pair of private foundations sets a precedent for closing the opportunity gap that other Colorado districts could follow. That was the verdict from Gov. Jared Polis, following a Dec. 3 tour of Harrison High School...
Tri-Lakes is a rapidly growing region in the nation’s seventh-fastest-growing state, and the local schools are beginning to feel that squeeze. Nearly 1,600 new students will enroll in Lewis-Palmer School District 38 during the next decade, with nearly half of them coming in the next five years, according to projections...
Colorado Springs’ greatest resource is not its snowcapped mountains, or its miles of green space, or its favorable climate. So what does keep Olympic City USA ranked among the nation’s most desirable places? Its residents. The Army veteran who started a family in the Springs after retirement. The hundreds of professional...
By Regan Foster Harrison School District 2, Pikes Peak Community College and a pair of philanthropic organizations are making D-2 students a major promise. A scholarship program conceived by the college, embraced by the district and funded by the Dakota Foundation and the Legacy Institute will offer a full, two-year scholarship...
On a recent visit to Colorado Springs, Gov. Jared Polis praised School District 11 and Pikes Peak Community College for innovations that will improve educational achievement and help fill workforce gaps. Polis, who has made education a cornerstone of his administration, attended a D-11 kick-off event and toured PPCC’s new...
Even in the face of mounting student debt and rising tuition costs, a college degree is still worth the price of admission — but that value is not without its caveats, according to a report prepared by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The inaugural “return on investment report,” an...
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos brought her message about school choice to a group of 400 supporters on June 26 at James Irwin Charter School in Colorado Springs. DeVos, speaking at Parents Challenge’s 20th anniversary celebration, urged parents and choice advocates to support a scholarship program that has been...
A hundred teachers squealed and ducked as Eddie Goldstein pulled a trigger and showered them with a thousand ping pong balls. “Well, I didn’t want to spray them with water,” said Goldstein, director of curriculum and large group programs at the National Space Science & Technology Institute. Goldstein was the keynote...
The attention of 27 students from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo high schools is fixed on computer screens in the Pikes Peak Community College classroom at the Catalyst Campus. The students are working on their first task in a weeklong cyber boot camp: learning to open images in two operating...