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Apply for Bluum’s 2020 School Finance Fellowship

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The Idaho School Finance Fellow will help transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering financial experts who are passionate about improving the prospects of children and families. We seek to recruit top finance talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. The one-year fellowship will prepare an individual for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all of the financial-related…

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Curated School Reopening Resources by National Education Experts

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to identify how states are addressing school reopenings to inform policymakers and school leaders in Idaho. This document collects our findings to key questions based on a review of national media, third party reports, and a select number of state plans (Nevada, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana). State and district reopening plans are…

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Be The Change You Want to See – Kipp Columbus

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by Terry Ryan The images over the last month have been hard, sad, and disheartening to watch. Start with the callous murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, move to watching greedy opportunists loot stores and burn out community businesses while smiling for social media, then watch a military helicopter push legitimate protesters away from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. What…

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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION INNOVATION LEARNING COMES FIRST

Creating Social Distancing When Reopening Schools

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There are a handful of Idaho schools currently weighing the decision to re-open in May, for at least a couple of weeks. Some schools have contacted Bluum to share their plans and ask questions. As part of the conversation, Greg Richmond, Bluum’s Chief Officer for Growth and Strategy, has consolidated information from a variety of national experts and networks into…

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$1.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Two Idaho Public Charter Schools

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Download Press Release 4-14-2020 $1.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS AWARDED TO TWO IDAHO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS Anser Charter School and Idaho Arts Charter School Each Earn $800,000 for expansion Boise – (April 14, 2020) Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $1.6 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter School Program. A panel of third-party reviewers evaluated…

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Portrait of Greg Richmond

Bluum Welcomes Greg Richmond, Veteran Education Leader

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Press Release 3/31/2020 | DOWNLOAD Bluum, a non-profit organization committed to ensuring Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools, announced today that it has hired Greg Richmond to serve as its Chief Officer for Growth and Strategy. Bluum CEO Terry Ryan stated, “We are incredibly fortunate to add Greg to our team during this…

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5 Things We Learned from Idaho Charter School Leaders as Their Students Switch to Online Learning — and 2 Thoughts for the Future

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by Kristen McCarver and Josh McCarty As the need to transition to remote learning grew more apparent, many of Idaho’s charter school leaders began to plan their transition from their current teaching methods to remote options. We brought these schools together virtually to talk about how they are working to serve their families, children and communities during the COVID-19 shutdown,…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello enjoying new location at Pine Ridge Mall

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by Kendra Evansen, for the Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — It’s been six months since Gem Prep: Pocatello charter school moved into the former Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck, and officials say things are going great so far. “We love it. You have no idea that you are in a former department store when you stand…

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Three Distinct Charter Schools, One Shared Mission: To Provide High-Quality Choices for Students in Rural Idaho

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by Alan Gottlieb This story originally appeared in The 74 on 1/29/2020 At 17, he’s old to be a high school sophomore, but academically, Axel lags far behind his classmates. School for him has been a series of frustrations and disappointments. Axel, who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons, has been kicked out of several…

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It’s Time to Move Beyond Idaho’s “60 Percent Go-on Rate” Target

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by Terry Ryan | Download the Full Report “Education pays.” This well-worn adage certainly applies to Idaho. According to a new Thomas B. Fordham Institute report “Idaho’s Education Earnings Gap,” authored by the Iowa State University economist John V. Winters, the average earnings differential between an Idahoan with just a high school diploma and one with a bachelor’s degree is about $32,000 a year.…

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