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Boise, Idaho: Celebrating 25 Years of School Choice in America

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From Zero Chance of Passage Blog | By Ember Reichgott Junge For me, there is no greater privilege than to present the origins of chartering and help dispel the myths of chartering to an audience of legislators, including key education committee leaders. That was the opportunity presented me in Boise, Idaho January 18-19, hosted by the nonprofit organization Bluum, led…

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Gem Prep Working on Nampa Location

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Gem Prep Charter School is getting ready to open its doors in Nampa this August. The Nampa school district in October unanimously approved the school to be under advisory of the district. Since then, Gem Prep has worked to secure a building and solidify a student population. The building, though, is still being determined.

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Sage International School Grows In Structures, Enrollment

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From The Idaho Business Review | By Teya Vitu A new era starts now for Sage International School, the Boise charter school that has pieced together a single campus and all the K to 12 grades in its first six years. Sage has ambitions to become the first public International Baccalaureate school in the nation to offer all four IB…

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School Choice Rally Draws Large Crowd At Statehouse

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1,000 students, parents, & educators marched with Bluum down Capitol Blvd. wearing yellow scarves & holding signs reading “Let me Learn” to celebrate Idaho School Choice Week.

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Moving Idaho’s Schools Forward Means Expanding School Options

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Education Week — the nation’s education journal — gave Idaho a D+ (ranking 48th), and an F on school finance, worst in the country. Idaho’s graduation rate is lower than all but eight states. These are tough numbers to stomach, but they should motivate improvement efforts. Idahoans are concerned about their schools and want better.

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Idaho Statesman

How 5 Big Idaho Foundations Help Shape The State

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Idaho foundations come in diverse shapes and sizes. Some are family funds, often created upon the death of a wealthy person and run by surviving family members, that have supported favorite causes for decades.

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Global Impact STEM Academy

Idaho Leaders Impressed with Global Impact’s STEM Model

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SPRINGFIELD —The Global Impact STEM Academy hosted a delegation of Idaho lawmakers and educators who were interested in bringing back GISA’s learning model to their home state.

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Upper Carmen Rural Idaho Charter School

Rural Charter School Growth Should Impact Policy Conversations

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The National Alliance For Public Charter Schools Blog | By Angel Gonzalez
When public conversation turns to charter schools, much of the attention is focused on urban students. In the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s recent report, they highlighted that charter school enrollment growth across the country was concentrated in America’s big cities. The Los Angeles Unified School District alone has 150,000 students attending charter schools, which to put into perspective is about half of Idaho’s total K-12 public school enrollment.

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Judicial Activism Runs Amok in Washington State Education

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The Education Gadfly Weekly   |   By Terry Ryan Wikipedia defines judicial activism as “judicial rulings suspected of being based on personal or political considerations rather than on existing law.” The Washington State Supreme Court has veered into the judicial activism fast-lane when it comes to public education in the Evergreen State. Exhibit one is the recent 6-3 decision by the…

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Idaho Outdoors

Wanted: Education Entrepreneur

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An Idaho-based organization is offering a paid, two-year fellowship to at least one educator with the possible prize of up to $1.5 million to launch a public charter school in Idaho. Idaho-based Bluum and national partner the KIPP Fisher Fellowship Program are seeking to recruit top Idaho talent to apply. “It has the potential to help bring some new education leadership talent to some…

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