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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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Two Idaho Schools Invited to Join National Effort to Reimagine K-12 Learning 

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 uture Public School and Treasure Valley Leadership Academy (TVLA) are proud to announce their selection as members of the 2017 Invent Cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund. The New Schools Venture Fund Invent Cohort represents a $5.6 million investment in some of the nation’s most promising school models. Idaho’s Future Public School and TVLA are among 29 organizations from across the…

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Data Shows Rise in Idaho’s Hispanic Student Population

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by Angel Gonzalez, Bluum Education facts from Idaho’s Hispanic Data Book Getting new data on education in Idaho is a treat, particularly for folks who are working to make data-driven decisions to improve our state’s system. There are few opportunities I get throughout the year where I am able to eagerly rummage through new data that tells a story about…

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Making STEM Education Count: A Letter From Students

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This post first appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press | By North Idaho STEM Charter Academy‘s Class of 2018 As Juniors in high school, we are concerned about our future. Since we have started high school, we have taken on challenging classes in an effort to prepare ourselves for higher education. We all started taking high school level classes in…

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Idaho’s Public Charter Schools Struggle To Find And Fund Facilities

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By Marc Carignan Idaho’s charter public schools are among the state’s top-performing schools. Five of the state’s top 15 public schools in (as measured by 2015-16 achievement tests) are charter schools. In math, the top three schools are all charters. Moreover, there are currently about 6,000 students on charter public school waitlists statewide. And by 2022, Idaho will have approximately…

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