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Tips for Parents on How to Prepare Their Little Ones for Kindergarten

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by Lindsay Trombly For most families, back to school is top of mind this month, as students and parents prepare to dive back into learning. Last fall, Bluum and Public Impact partnered to curate a list of resources that families may use at home to support young learners—preschool to early elementary—during distance learning, which can still be helpful as students…

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Cancel culture versus parent choice

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by Terry Ryan,  for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Flypaper Blog Can parent choice survive the cancel culture that is becoming ever more prevalent on both the political left and political right? What happens when the principles of diversity and choice in schools conflict with either the left’s or the right’s firm view of truth and falsehoods? How much leeway should…

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School Open House, Big Success

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by Shay Angelo NAMPA, Idaho, October 2018: Gem Prep: Nampa held an open-house ceremony this month to celebrate the opening of their new school building located at 310 W. Iowa Avenue, Nampa, Idaho. The school community along with local business and education leaders attended the celebration. Students played an integral part in the ribbon cutting ceremony and festivities. A highlight of the…

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Educational Success for Kids Depends on the Existence of Choices

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by Candise Gilbert The necessity of selection began the moment I learned I would become a parent. It became my job, and truly my greatest passion to make choices I felt were in the best interest of my child. Every aspect of parenthood from diapering and feeding to sleeping and behavior includes a significant number of options. An even greater…

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Data Shows Rise in Idaho’s Hispanic Student Population

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by Angel Gonzalez Education facts from Idaho’s Hispanic Data Book Getting new data on education in Idaho is a treat, particularly for folks who are working to make data-driven decisions to improve our state’s system. There are few opportunities I get throughout the year where I am able to eagerly rummage through new data that tells a story about where…

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Expanding Excellence for Idaho’s Children

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By Suzanne Metzgar It may not be gaining national attention—at least not yet—but an educational renaissance is transpiring right here in the Gem State. Bluum is a new organization working to revolutionize educational opportunities for Idaho’s children. Our early successes, combined with the transformational work underway, has the potential to reshape the education landscape for future generations. Created just two…

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Parents’ Guide to School & Learning Options in Idaho

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Parents’ Guide To School & Learning Options in Idaho We’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to visit many schools across the Gem State – public district, public magnet, public charter, alternative, private, parochial and online. No matter the school type or the location, one common theme we’ve found in every school is parents who want the very bets opportunities for their…

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Guía de Padres – Para las Opciones de Escuela y Aprendizaje en Idaho

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Guía de Padres Para las Opciones de Escuela y Aprendizaje en Idaho Hemos tenido la oporunidad extraordinaria de visitar muchas escuelas por todo el Estado Gem – distrito público, magnetico público, chárter público, alternativa, privada, parroquial y por internet (online). No obstante el tipo de escuela o el sitio, un tema común pue encontramos en cada escuela son los padres que quieren…

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Parents’ Guide To Idaho’s School And Learning Choices

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By Terry Ryan and Suzanne Metzgar We’ve created this Parents Guide Idaho’s School And Learning Choices to empower parents! We want to provide a resource that defines your options and offers ideas for how best to take advantage of these for your child(ren). We believe that providing information about Idaho’s many — and growing — learning options can help parents…

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How Idaho School Choice Helps Us Dream Big For Our Children

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Like every parent, we dream big for our children and whenever possible we try to personalize opportunities to meet their individual needs, interests and skills. We know our children well and want to provide them with every opportunity to grow and succeed in college and beyond. The same principles apply to their K-12 education.

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