April 16, 2013 4:48 AM
An ambitious overhaul to how Colorado handles school funding has advanced another step in the state legislature.
The House Education Committee voted seven to six late Monday for a sweeping overhaul. It addresses years of unequal pupil funding and a school-finance system that doesn't accommodate education reforms made in recent... more »
April 4, 2013 4:25 AM
This April 27, a high school in Georgia will be treated to something new. Its first racially integrated prom. The school in Wilcox County, Georgia mirrors the town.
It's colorful, but it's still all about black and white. When wilcox county schools integrated, the annual school-sponsored prom ended.
Parents... more »
April 2, 2013 4:44 AM
The NRA plans to issue a new report later today on how schools can prevent future gun violence similar to the Newtown tragedy. Members of the nation's largest pro-gun lobby will present the National School Shield Program, a combination of policy proposals and resources on curbing gun violence.
The program... more »
March 18, 2013 2:08 PM
After almost a week off, students filed back into Evans Elementary School Monday morning. It was the first day of class since a student allegedly set fire to one of the school's bathrooms last Tuesday.
Hundreds of students and their teachers and staff, are trying to get back to... more »
March 15, 2013 9:23 AM
Crews continue to clean up Evans Elementary School in Colorado Springs Thursday and Friday, after a student set a fire in a bathroom that evacuated the school and shut it down for several days. Now crews are working around the clock to get the school ready for students' return on... more »
March 5, 2013 10:02 AM
When budget cuts make it impossible to get new technology in the classroom, a group of teachers at the Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City decided to take matters into their own hands. They've teamed up with their principal and started writing grants for the small school.... more »
February 7, 2013 9:10 PM
The El Paso County Health Department confirms mealworms or weevils were found inside soup being served to students during lunch inside Harrison High School Wednesday.
The school has already sent out letters to parents notifying them about the incident. Now, the investigation begins to find out how this happened.... more »
February 6, 2013 6:09 PM
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.... more »
January 31, 2013 3:12 PM
ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta fire official says a 14-year-old has been shot in the head at a middle school and has been taken to a hospital. Atlanta Fire Cpt. Marian McDaniel also says a teacher suffered minor cuts and bruises but was treated on the scene at Price Middle... more »
January 30, 2013 10:16 PM
The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying two men who attempted to entice children into their vehicles.
On Monday, Jan. 28, two elementary school girls were asked to get into a vehicle with a stranger near the area of 2000 South Corona Avenue.... more »
September 22, 2012 7:40 PM
Many local cowboys got a chance to fine tune their bareback riding skills this weekend.
Casey Colletti, the local rodeo cowboy who's made a name for himself on the national stage, has started what he calls the Rocky Mountain Rodeo Bareback Riding School.
Those who are participating this weekend... more »
September 18, 2012 6:51 PM
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - After a government helicopter was used in an over-the-top invitation to a high school dance, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reviewing the incident and an agency pilot has been reassigned. It happened last week at Patriot High School in Nokesville, a suburb of Washington,... more »
September 18, 2012 6:47 PM
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Teachers Union president says the city's students will be back in class Wednesday after delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend a seven-day teachers strike. Karen Lewis spoke during a Tuesday evening news conference after delegates met to consider a tentative contract proposal. The teachers walked out... more »
September 4, 2012 6:32 PM
The heat is on, big time!
Record setting heat in the Springs this summer and near record heat in Pueblo. We've been hoping to catch a break now that we've turned the calendar to September, but no such luck, not yet anyway. We found out more about breaking records... more »
September 2, 2012 6:10 PM
CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) - Middle school students in Cortez are set to return to class Tuesday after a bat infestation forced officials to close school for part of last week. Students and teachers at Cortez Middle School were sent home Thursday while a company specializing in bat removal went to... more »
August 23, 2012 7:26 PM
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas high school football player is hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a stroke. Senior Brenham defensive back and receiver Justin Davis is recovering from surgeries to ease pressure from brain swelling. Brenham athletic director and football coach Glen West said Davis is in... more »
August 20, 2012 2:13 PM
DENVER (AP) - There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips... more »
August 20, 2012 12:27 PM
Colorado educators are worried that limited access to the Internet will hurt some school children as the state takes testing online. Many rural communities lack high-speed access and in some cases, classes are forced to log off so other classes can get the information they need. Classes ranging from Advanced... more »
August 7, 2012 7:38 PM
A child hit by a car this morning on West 16th in Pueblo while walking to school is doing okay this evening.
He's still shaken, and so are some witnesses.
"We saw him get hit and go over the car like that," said Jerry Jaramillo, a witness on the... more »
August 4, 2012 1:32 AM
Sex offenders are manipulating their identities to slip through the cracks of law enforcement; a new study funded by the United States Justice Department shows about 16 percent of them are living secretly among us.
It's also a problem here in Colorado Springs. About 1,100 registered sex offenders are... more »
August 3, 2012 8:52 AM
ERIE, Colo. (AP) - Federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion at Erie Middle School that injured three workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into reports the explosion happened when a plumbing contractor was lighting a hot water heater. According to the Boulder... more »
July 18, 2012 3:26 PM
It's possible Pueblo City Schools could soon use a private company for bus transportation.
A special meeting held Wednesday discussed details of a possible contract with First Student, a company that already does transportation for D70 in Pueblo County. Those with Pueblo City Schools say they're facing a budget crunch... more »
June 12, 2012 1:34 PM
A public school principal in New York City is creating a bit of controversy after allowing students to sing a teenage pop song while banning them from performing "God Bless the USA."
Daniel Mitchell, 5, was planning to sing the patriotic tune at his kindergarten "Moving Up" ceremony. Mitchell's... more »
April 24, 2012 2:18 PM
Students from Heaton Middle School in Pueblo will be headed to a national science and engineering competition in Seattle this summer.
The Heaton team took first place in a statewide MESA contest in the wind turbine challenge on April 13. Yency Gonzales, Melissa Johnson, Sheyanne Bernal, Noah Suazo and... more »
April 16, 2012 8:47 PM
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A bomb threat at Columbine High School days before the 13th anniversary of the school shootings there prompted a search that yielded nothing suspicious. Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley says the school received a threat Monday concerning a bomb in the parking lot at about... more »
March 28, 2012 12:25 AM
A battle is heating up in Trinidad over District 1's first year superintendent.
We went to the board meeting Tuesday night to find out more from both sides.
It comes down to numbers and public image.
We spoke to the chairman of Concerned Parents and Community, also... more »
March 26, 2012 3:11 PM
The City of Colorado Springs has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the 2012 federal Safe Routes to School program, which will pay for improvements around Bates Elementary School in the Cragmoor neighborhood.
The grant will pay for sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and a better school crossing location. Construction is... more »
March 23, 2012 6:47 AM
ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging. The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a "no hugging school" following some "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions." School Superintendent... more »
March 16, 2012 2:22 PM
A new pedestrian bridge will make walking to school safer at Stratmoor Hills Elementary.
The bridge eliminates children having to cross B Street, some railroad tracks and Loomis Avenue on their way to and from school. The bridge is also lighted and provides some protection from bad weather.
... more »
March 15, 2012 7:40 PM
It was all about rifles, clean lines, and timing at Centennial High School.
Thursday, seven teams competed in the Drew Dix Regional Drill Meet.
Teams competed in regulation and exhibition drills, as well as color guard. Regulation drills require certain movements, whereas teams can choose what they do during... more »
March 1, 2012 9:47 PM
With people using social media like Twitter and Facebook more than ever, these sites are of growing importance in emergency situations. During the school shooting in Chardon, Ohio this week, students tweeted moment by moment, providing real-time updates to responders who used that information to direct aid.
Local emergency... more »
March 1, 2012 5:42 PM
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - The assistant football coach praised for chasing a gunman from an Ohio high school cafeteria says he wishes he could have done more and thinks the real heroes are the people who responded to the scene.
Three students were killed and two were seriously hurt... more »
February 28, 2012 7:42 AM
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a student wounded in an Ohio school shooting has been declared brain dead, the second reported fatality. Hugh Shannon, administrator at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, says officials received the word early this morning about Russell King Jr. Shannon says the office is... more »
February 13, 2012 1:59 PM
Skyway Elementary in Colorado Springs has been evacuated as a precaution because of a natural gas leak near the school.
Parents say they were notified through RSS feed, email and text alert.
"They do a great job. I'm never really worried about him." Phyllis Caunt said as she... more »
January 25, 2012 7:30 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - An embarrassing misspelling of "school" is gone from the street outside a New York City school building. Utility workers used heavy machinery to ground up the wrongly placed "H'' and "C'' in the "SHCOOL X-NG" sign on Tuesday. The correction was made a day after the... more »
January 19, 2012 5:49 AM
DENVER (AP) - High-dollar school board elections in Colorado have gotten the attention of state lawmakers, who are looking at campaign contribution limits. A bill up for debate in a House committee Thursday sets a new $500 contribution limit for candidates running as school board directors or for directors of... more »
December 31, 2011 12:05 PM
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say four additional cases of whooping cough have been identified at an Alamance County elementary school. The county Health Department says it didn't order lab tests to confirm the diagnosis because the people have whooping cough symptoms and were in contact with the three children... more »
December 8, 2011 12:13 AM
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,... more »
December 1, 2011 11:58 AM
Administrators in Lewis Palmer School District 38 have closed all elementary schools today because of the changing weather conditions. All morning and afternoon kindergarten and preschool classes are canceled as well.
The district has been under a 2 hour delayed start for the day. more »
December 1, 2011 9:47 AM
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... more »
November 16, 2011 4:01 PM
Devra Ashby, Director of Communications and Community Relations, has confirmed to KOAA News 5 that Fremont Elementary School is no longer on a precautionary lock down.
Initially the school was placed on a precautionary lock down when Colorado Springs Police communicated that a domestic dispute may have spilled over... more »
November 16, 2011 2:07 PM
According to Barbara Miller, Spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Fremont Elementary was put on a precautionary lock down after what has been reported as a domestic dispute and one parent threatening to remove a child from the school. No threats of harm to any child or the school... more »
November 9, 2011 11:58 PM
Tonight Centennial High School in Pueblo had a packed house as the D-60 school board heard from parents and teachers on possible school closures.
This was the first of two meetings with parents to discuss possible school closings in District 60. Before the meeting even started there were around... more »
October 20, 2011 12:16 AM
Stefanie Dickinson, a former school board member in Ellicott was arrested last month and charged with internet luring of a child. Investigators say she was caught sexting a teenaged boy. Days later, Dickinson resigned her position as treasurer for the school board. As with many investigations, new information was uncovered... more »
October 18, 2011 8:12 AM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado panel reviewing school disciplinary measures adopted after the 1999 Columbine High School shootings is discussing legislation to scale back or scrap strict policies.
The panel of legislators, law enforcement and community leaders meets for the last time Tuesday after hearing from students, law enforcement... more »
September 27, 2011 8:20 AM
WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire school bus driver is facing drunken driving charges after police say she struck a mailbox with her bus while transporting middle school students.
No one was hurt.
Police in Windham say they received several calls about a bus driving erratically on... more »
September 26, 2011 11:51 AM
High school pride is on the line this week for a long tradition in Pueblo: the bell game. The Centennial bulldogs face off against the Central wildcats in what's become the oldest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi. The two teams compete for pride, honor and of course... more »
September 23, 2011 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants to energize school improvement at the local level by giving states the flexibility to opt out of provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The Bush-era education initiative has grown increasingly unpopular as more schools risk being labeled failures.
Under... more »
September 12, 2011 8:32 PM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado legislative committee is weighing whether to eliminate zero-tolerance school disciplinary policies created after the Columbine High School shootings.
The panel created by the Legislature this year is also exploring ways that school districts can have more control over how they discipline students, instead of... more »
July 28, 2011 8:54 AM
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Public Schools employees implicated in a widespread cheating scandal are getting notices that they've been put on paid administrative leave.
The notices sent out to teachers and others are among the steps the district must take as it begins to sort through each employee's case.... more »
July 23, 2011 8:06 PM
That's exactly what Falcon School District 49 is charging kids to take a bus to school.
The district didn't have the funding for buses anymore, as was decided in January of this year.
As Director of Transportation for Falcon School District, Cindy Hardin, says, "The board completely cancelled... more »
July 9, 2011 6:35 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Falcon School District 49 plans to charge most students $1 each time they board a school bus next school year, but not enough students are signing up for rides. The school board voted earlier this year to switch to a fee-for-service bus operation this fall... more »
July 1, 2011 6:09 AM
DENVER (AP) - The federal government pays for needy children to eat breakfast and lunch at schools over the summer. Now adults at sites across Colorado are also being invited to join their children for a free meal.
An anonymous donor has given Hunger Free Colorado a grant to... more »
June 21, 2011 6:29 PM
Pueblo City Schools is taking the first step in a study of the future use of school buildings. The district has seen steadily declining enrollment for years and is faced with the possibility of closing school buildings in the future.
The district is asking for citizens who would be... more »
June 9, 2011 6:36 AM
DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign a bill that allocates more money to schools than originally expected.
The bill Hickenlooper signs Thursday is a bipartisan compromise among lawmakers that restores $22.5 million to schools next year by transferring surplus money from the state's education fund, a sort... more »
May 31, 2011 12:40 PM
A suspended Colorado Springs Police Officer will face 78 charges related to sexual assault on children. Joshua Carrier was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges and later charges with sexual abuse.
Prosecutors say there are at least six alleged victims and that number could go as high... more »
May 29, 2011 2:59 PM
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Colorado schools have been bracing for painful budget cuts next year because of declining state support. In Durango, local philanthropists are giving some $200,000 to make sure school cuts in their community don't go too deep.
The Durango-based Marc and Jane Katz Family Fund is... more »
May 26, 2011 12:11 PM
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A group of high school students who came forward to claim responsibility for bringing hay into the school will face discipline ranging from apologies to volunteer service.
However, the Durango High School students will graduate on time and will not be required to pay the... more »
May 11, 2011 2:13 PM
Third grade reading scores were released yesterday in Colorado and one school in Colorado Springs had a perfect score.
Wildflower Elementary reported all their 3rd graders scored proficient or advanced in their CSAP test. Three fourths of the students in that school are considered low income.
Thirteen of... more »
May 9, 2011 5:04 PM
The District 11 School Board has reached a tentative agreement with the Colorado Springs Education Association on teacher contract negotiations.
Areas of concern which were addressed included salaries, dues, bargaining and teaching conditions. More details will be released jointly at a later date.
May 6, 2011 8:55 PM
Is your school listed here?
After pouring over the past three health code inspections at local schools, we found some surprising and even "critical" violations at some El Paso County cafeterias.
Here are some that stuck out to us.
What did you find?
Carson Middle School:... more »
May 5, 2011 1:05 PM
Trailblazer elementary school celebrated Cinco de Mayo today with a full day of activities. In the morning they had a full school assembly with a mariachi band. Classroom activities were held in the day, filled with arts and crafts.
Students and teachers dressed for the occasion as well. They... more »
May 5, 2011 11:44 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school says a student died in the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica and two others were pulled out to sea by an undertow current while on a school mission trip.
Patriot Preparatory Academy in Columbus says in a statement that the other two... more »
May 3, 2011 7:33 PM
A child at a Pueblo elementary school reported he was picked up by a stranger yesterday afternoon.
The 10-year-old was outside Cesar Chavez on Pueblo's west side waiting for his mother. He said a man told him his mother had sent him. The boy said he got into the... more »
April 28, 2011 1:14 AM
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... more »
April 27, 2011 2:38 PM
Police have notified Madison Elementary and School District 11, that the suspect they chased through school property has been apprehended and the school is now safe. Police are still looking for a third suspect described as a Hispanic Male, approximately 5' 10" tall wearing all back.
Police tell us... more »
April 20, 2011 10:20 AM
Monument area schools are closed today due to a hazardous materials situation along the train tracks in Monument. All District 38 schools are closed. MyPlace Childcare is open at the Bear Creek location only.
Monument Valley Charter Academy is also closed today. more »
April 15, 2011 6:21 PM
Colorado students will still take assessment tests next springs, but not the CSAP. Next year it will be the TCAP, or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program.
It will be administered to public school students in grades three through 10.
"The transitional test will encourage districts to move forward with... more »
April 5, 2011 7:25 PM
It's been a project years in the making, students in Canon City have turned an ugly wall into a work of art. Students are painting a mural on the walls of this ditch next to Centennial Park. In the past, the wall a magnet for graffiti. So in 2006, Madison... more »
March 31, 2011 2:22 PM
DENVER (AP) - School buses from a Colorado Springs-area district have circled the state Capitol to make a statement about proposed education budget cuts.
About 50 buses from Falcon School District 49 circled the state Capitol on Thursday with messages for lawmakers considering cutting education funding. The messages included... more »
March 29, 2011 10:59 PM
Colorado lawmakers from the House and Senate have reached an agreement on a bill that would require 30 minutes of exercise in elementary schools every day to help combat childhood obesity.
"It's a shame that there would need to be legislation requiring something that is so valuable and that... more »
March 29, 2011 5:04 PM
A 16-year-old student at Lamar High School has been arrested after a bomb threat last week at the school.
The Lamar Police Department charged the youth with one felony count of a False Report of Explosives and a misdemeanor charge related to interfering with a school.
The name... more »
March 10, 2011 7:43 PM
Pueblo City Schools faces some tough decisions. Superintendent Dr. Maggie Lopez says the school district is dealing with the "largest budget challenge in it's history." The school district needs to cut about $8.5 million from the 2011-2012 school year's budget, that's roughly 8% of its general fund.
The school... more »
March 2, 2011 1:44 PM
Two schools were on lock down in Walsenburg this morning for about three hours after a threat was made.
School officials said the threat was made in person against students and staff, so the school went on lock down as a precaution. Both Peakview School and John Mall High... more »
February 28, 2011 7:46 PM
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... more »
February 21, 2011 8:21 PM
Religious freedom versus school safety. It's a hot topic right now at Pueblo County High School. The principal says students cannot wear rosaries to school, because they're considered a gang symbol. However, some believe this may be violating the students' constitutional rights.
For Catholics the rosary is a string... more »
February 21, 2011 2:09 PM
Students at Pueblo County High School aren't allowed to wear rosaries on the outside of their clothing. Last week, the principal told students to tuck them in or remove them because they're considered a gang-related item.
School District 70 doesn't have any policies banning rosaries, but Pueblo County High... more »
February 15, 2011 5:08 PM
A specialized team of mountaineers are in western Fremont County scaling a cliff-side in with ropes and pulleys to remove loose rocks at the site of a massive rock slide from Monday.
The slide happened about two miles west of the town of Cotopaxi and is estimated to be... more »
February 7, 2011 8:29 PM
Safe 2 Tell, a popular school resource designed to keep your students safe may hit the financial chopping block. The program has been in Colorado schools since 2004. Through its website, phone number and text system, students can anonymously report problems at school ranging from bullying and drug use to... more »