Right now, the Bluum team is focused on supporting schools to navigate these uncharted waters and ensure their students and families have the support they need. While we continue planning and strategizing for what’s next, we still wanted to share our look back on 2019.
Last year, our work to create, grow and support high quality schools across Idaho, especially for our most educationally disadvantaged and rural students, expanded significantly.
In addition to our ongoing partnership with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to help the Gem State become America’s best state for education and school choice, our work was accelerated when Bluum was awarded a $22 million-dollar federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant in 2018 to launch Idaho’s Communities of Excellence program. We issued 11 CSP subgrants in 2019 worth about $10 million.
We are fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of schools, educators, community leaders, state policy makers, lawmakers, funders and other allies to grow Idaho’s new school sector. As our 2019 Annual Report documents, we are encouraged by the rising academic performance of our partner schools, even as they grow to serve more students each year.