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Follow Our Fellows – Building the Future

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Launched in 2016, Bluum’s Idaho New School Fellowship aims to transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children. We seek to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. Amanda and Brad have worked intentionally to ensure their school is diverse-by-design; personally canvassing neighborhoods, visiting…

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This new charter school in Garden City is a ‘miracle’ for one family

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by Michael Katz, Idaho Statesman Considering where she and her family were just a year ago, the sight of Sara Aquino’s two daughters walking through the front doors of Future Public School in Garden City brought tears to her eyes. Aquino, her husband Kevin Matos, and their daughters Zoaris and Samaris moved to Boise from Puerto Rico seven months ago.…

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Career-technical charter school coming to Caldwell, set to open in 2019

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press CALDWELL — A career-technical charter school for middle and high school students is looking to open in Caldwell next year. The proposed Elevate Academy would be a year-round public charter school focused on growing the labor pipeline for technical jobs and industry professionals. Monica White, the school’s co-founder, said the shortage of such professionals has…

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Charter School for At-Risk Kids to Open in Caldwell

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by Andrew Reed, Idaho Education News A first-of-its-kind charter school is expected to open in Caldwell in the fall of 2019. Elevate Academy will focus on providing career-technical courses for at-risk students in Caldwell and neighboring communities. The goal is to bridge the gap between education and the work force. The Idaho Public Charter School Commission voted unanimously to approve the school last week,…

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Compass Public Charter School Plans for 2-Story School in West Meridian

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by Patty Bowen, Idaho Press A Meridian charter school that has almost quadrupled in size since opening plans to build a new facility. Compass Public Charter School is looking to build a two-story, 68,000-square-foot building on the northeast corner of West Franklin and South Black Cat roads. The new site is scheduled to open in fall 2019, pending city approval.…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello has plans to relocate into old Sears building inside Pine Ridge Mall

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by Shelbie Harris, Idaho State Journal The Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck closed its doors in 2014 — the same year one local public charter school, Gem Prep Pocatello, opened its own. Now four years later, Gem Prep has plans to move from its current location on Jessie Clark Lane behind O.K. Ward Park in Pocatello…

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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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Rising Up — Grace Lutheran High School Continues to Grow

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by Scott Kraus, Idaho State Journal POCATELLO — Enrollment continues to increase at the 2-year-old Grace Lutheran High School in Pocatello as it finishes a 6,200-square-foot basement to house a permanent cafeteria, art room and foreign language room. Headmaster Rev. Jonathan Dinger said enrollment at the private religious school, which currently consists of grades 9 and 10, has already risen…

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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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