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Idaho Charter School Parents Stand in Front of White House

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice”

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Group of Idaho parents participate in rally against new proposed CSP regulations by Ashley Cotton and Lindsay Trombly Like many [Chicano, LantinX] children who grew up in rural Texas during the 70’s and 80’s, my mother is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in hopes of providing better opportunities for their family. She spent most…

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Idaho School leaders at the Civil Rights event

Civil Rights in Today’s School Environment

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Legal Updates, Guidance, and Practical Planning Strategies by Lindsay Trombly Last week, Bluum hosted a free Advanced Civil Rights Training Workshop for a diverse group of representatives from Idaho’s rural and urban district schools, public charter schools, and more. The event was led by two nationally recognized civil rights attorneys, the founders and partners at Civil Rights Solutions: Renita Thukral, and…

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Idaho’s Communities of Excellence CSP Grant: Year 2 Evaluation

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Prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Idaho’s Communities of Excellence (COE) consortium a $17.1 million Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant. The amount of the award increased to $22.5 million in 2019. Grant funds will be distributed over five years with the intent to achieve Idaho’s COE objectives.  The following questions drive Idaho…

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Idaho New School Fellows Emily and Deb cut the ribbon at Cardinal Academy

School is a Family Affair for these Idaho New School Fellows

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Cardinal Academy supports pregnant and parenting teens to finish high school by Lindsay Trombly Pregnant and parenting teens will arrive for their first day of high school at Cardinal Academy, Boise, Idaho, on Sept. 13. In tow will be their little ones, as Cardinal Academy offers childcare just downstairs from classrooms. This is just one of many of the benefits Cardinal…

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Front of RISE Charter School

Rising Up To Serve More Students

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RISE Charter School partners with Kimberly School District to provide another option for students by Lindsay Trombly Students enrolled in the newly-created RISE Charter School in Kimberly, ID will ride the school bus with their siblings who attend nearby Kimberly Elementary and Middle Schools to experience going to school – together. RISE opens its doors to students this August. Superintendent…

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Monica Harshman stands in front of the stove in the Forge Kitchen

What’s Cookin’ in the Forge Kitchen?

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Idaho public charter school serves 4,000 meals a month by Lindsay Trombly Kitchen Manager and mother of three, Monica Harshman, makes the kitchen the “heart of the home” at Forge International School. She ensures students can access nutritious, consistent meals, and reaches families on a deeper level by battling food insecurity. Harshman said Feeding America projects that 1 in 8…

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Seven Idaho Public Charter Schools Awarded $4.18 Million in New School Grants

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Download Press Release Boise – (May 14, 2021) Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $4.18 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) to seven Idaho public charter schools. Bluum has conducted five rounds of grant competitions since 2019, and has committed $17.6 million to support the startup, expansion or replication of 22 public…

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Kids in a green classroom

New Charter School Receives Nearly $1 Million in Early Fundraising Efforts

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Since December, a highly anticipated school this fall in Idaho Falls has received in support from a variety of sources Alturas Preparatory Academy (APA), a new International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school founded as a sister school of Alturas International Academy (AIA) in Idaho Falls, has been awarded a competitive federal grant and has attracted numerous local donors eager to see…

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Two Idaho Public Charter Schools Earn $1.6 Million in Federal Grants

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Alturas Preparatory Academy and Gem Prep: Meridian South Each Earn $800,000 for startup Download Press Release 12-18-2020 Boise – (December 18, 2020) Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $1.6 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter Schools Program. A panel of third-party reviewers evaluated applications and awarded grants of $800,000 each to Alturas Preparatory Academy, and…

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Charter School Facility Refinancing Guide & Toolkit

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In 2018, a consortium of partners came together around Idaho’s Communities of Excellence federal Charter School Program (CSP) grant to lead and accelerate the expansion of high-quality charter schools across the state. Bluum serves as project lead for the consortium and is joined in this work by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, the Idaho State Board of Education, the…

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