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Apply for the Idaho Novus Classical Academy Fellowship

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Idaho Novus Classical Academy (INCA) in partnership with BLUUM is seeking an Idaho New School Fellow to fill the one-year fellowship that will prepare the individual for all aspects of school leadership including: planning, implementing, and managing the academics, students, and staff. INCA is a Hillsdale affiliate K-12 school, part of the Barney Charter School Initiative network of schools nationwide. …

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Apply for the Residential Charter School Fellowship

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In 2016 Bluum launched the Idaho New School Fellowship to recruit top talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public charter school leadership. As of December 2020 we have had 19 fellows, invested $2.4 million in their fellowships and collectively they have or will open 13 schools across the state of Idaho. This year we are working with the Idaho Youth Ranch to recruit…

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A COVID-19 Education Case Study: Idaho, Local Control and the Pandemic

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by Alan Gottlieb When it comes to reopening schools for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic this school year, Idaho has been a study in contrasts. K-12 students in some remote rural districts have been back full face-to-face, masks optional and social distancing not enforced, since the beginning of the school year. In some more urban areas, older students are…

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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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MOSAICS Public School Donates Over 1,200 Pounds of Food

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Student Council Seeks to Support Their Community MOSAICS Public School, a new STEAM charter school in Caldwell, has a mission to create community stewards. The student council at MOSAICS takes this mission seriously. This past holiday season, the council organized a food drive and set a goal of donating 750 pounds of canned goods to the Salvation Army. After just…

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Educators Help Shape Future Citizens

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Bluum is fortunate to work with some of the best educators not only in Idaho but in the United States. The most important thing these educators do is help form and shape our future citizens. This work has never been more important as school leader and charter founder Stephen Lambert made clear to his team at Fruitland’s Treasure Valley Classical…

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Idaho Education Loses a Strong, Smart Voice with the Passing of Doug Park

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by Terry Ryan | Photo from Doug Park’s Facebook Page I met Doug Park as part of Governor Brad Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” task force on education. Doug attended every task force meeting, and I suspect he was a regular at many if not all of the subcommittee meetings that took place as part of the larger effort. As…

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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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Idaho Public Charter School Commission Approves Cardinal Academy

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Cardinal Academy, a Boise charter school for expectant and parenting teens that has evolved from the Booth Marian Pritchett school, was approved this morning by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. Veteran educators (and Idaho New School Fellows) Emily Bergstrom and Deborah Hedden-Nicely have put together a powerful team of educators and community partners to serve some of our community’s…

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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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