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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

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Founded as a K-8 school with the mission of providing its students with a rigorous and challenging learning environment, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy expanded in 2014, as part of the ’20 in 10′ strategy, to become a full K-12 school. On April 30, 2018, the school held a college signing day (complete with ball caps) to celebrate their first-ever…

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Stronger State Charter School Laws Are Key to Meeting the Needs of America’s Rural Students

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by Terry Ryan and Nate McClennen This post first appeared on The 74 In the ranching community of Carmen, Idaho, the Upper Carmen Charter School opened in 2005. Carmen once had its own one-room school but lost it through consolidation to the Salmon School District. Now this charter school serves about 85 K-8 students in multi-age classrooms. Some 300 miles…

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Shackled Education Pioneers – Idaho’s Public Charter Schools at 20

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By Terry Ryan and Julie Hahn As Idaho marks 20 years since the first charter schools opened in the Gem State in 1998 it is worth looking back at how the public charter movement started here. That’s the primary purpose of this report. But, as one revisits the history of Idaho’s public charter school program it is helpful to note how the…

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Leaders in Learning: Bright Future in Garden City

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by Abigail Taylor, KBOI 2 News The founders of Future, Amanda Cox and Brad Petersen, say they want to prepare their students for jobs that do not even exist yet. “Our mission is to develop engineers of the future and of our community,” said Brad Petersen, Founder of Future Public School. “High growth areas in our economy are in computer…

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Next Gem Prep Charter School in the Works for Meridian

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by Holly Beech, Meridian Press A public charter school that blends online learning into the classroom is seeking approval to open in Meridian next year. Gem Prep: Meridian would be the fourth in a network of schools run by Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho’s first charter management organization. The organization also operates Gem Prep: Nampa, which opened last fall, Gem Prep:…

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Alturas Students & teachers get an up-close look at the remodeling in their new building.

Renovations on Track for Alturas’ New Building

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by Devin Bodkin, Idaho Education News Educators at Alturas are planning on an Aug. 1 move-in date. IDAHO FALLS — The telltale sounds of a construction site rang through the halls of the O.E. Bell building in downtown Idaho Falls as a handful of workers cobbled the subfloor of what will soon be a gymnasium in the south wing of the historic office building. “We should have everything done in…

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Two Young Educators Team Up to Build a New Charter School In Garden City

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by Teya Vitu, Idaho Business Review Two educators thought they would each build their own charter school in Boise, anchored with their $120,000 Idaho New School Fellowships from Bluum, a Boise-based new school incubator network. After Brad Petersen and Amanda Cox spent time together in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) training for charter school principals, they decided it made…

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A Shining Example of Success in Rural Education

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High school Graduation is an important milestone in the life of every student, but graduating seniors in Morenci, a rural mining town of about 2,000 citizens southeast of Phoenix near the New Mexico border have extra cause for celebration. This year, nearly one in five Morenci High School seniors have earned an Associates Degree in addition to completing their high school…

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In A Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

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by Terry Ryan and Paul Hill This post originally appeared on the Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard Rural America is not your grandparents’ heartland. Its population is getting older: 21 of the 25 oldest counties in the United States are rural. It’s no longer overwhelmingly white: One in five rural residents is a person of color, and more than four of five new rural residents…

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