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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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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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