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Defining Quality Deserves More Thought Than A Graduation Rate

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Idaho’s State Board of Education President Don Soltman shared some data on graduation rates that triggered angst among educators and policy leaders. Recent figures from the 2013-14 school year showed Idaho ranked 41st in the nation with a graduation rate of just 77.3 percent. Stoltman presented this information along with especially troubling details that virtual charter schools and alternative schools graduated a drastically lower percentage, 20 percent and 36 percent respectively.

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Ready for More Change

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The last 15 years or so has been a busy time for public education in Idaho on at least seven fronts. But what do ordinary Idahoans think about all this?

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Idaho School Choice Week

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Over 1,200 students, parents, educators, and legislators came out to support school choice and Idaho’s myriad of K-12 learning options as part of National School Choice Week.

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“Charters Under Threat” A Panel Discussion

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Bluum hosted a panel of national experts on charter public schools to discuss the recent challenges to the charter sector and offer advice to Idaho’s school leaders and policymakers. Panelists explained the four-year journey for a bipartisan coalition in Washington that succeeded in passing charter school legislation.

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