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Gem Prep Online Posts Best Reading Scores in the State

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Press Release, 7/7/2021 | Download VIRTUAL SCHOOL RANKS FIRST IN STATE Gem Prep: Online (GPO) students ranked highest in the state on the 2021 Spring Idaho Reading Indicator, outperforming the state average by 30 percentage points. In a year that saw declines in education success across our state and nation, these virtual students thrived. 95% of Gem Prep: Online students…

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Free, All-Day Kindergarten Provided to 17 Idaho Schools

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News Coverage: Free all-day kindergarten provided to over 1,000 Idaho kids Idaho foundation funds all-day kindergarten in 17 Idaho schools Press Release, 5/27/2021 | Download The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is fully funding all-day kindergarten for more than 1,000 students in the Bluum network of public charter and private schools. Students who attend all-day kindergarten have been shown…

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Seven Idaho Public Charter Schools Awarded $4.18 Million in New School Grants

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Download Press Release Boise – (May 14, 2021) Idaho’s Communities of Excellence consortium announced the award of $4.18 million in grant funding from the Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) to seven Idaho public charter schools. Bluum has conducted five rounds of grant competitions since 2019, and has committed $17.6 million to support the startup, expansion or replication of 22 public…

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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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$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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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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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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Communities of Excellence Consortium Awards Over $5 Million to Support the Growth of Idaho’s High-Performing Public Charter School Sector

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Awards to six Idaho public charter schools will support their ability to serve an additional 2,500 students. Loading… Taking too long? Reload document | Open in new tab Download [93.05 KB] – Don’t Miss a Blog Post – Subscribe to our Newsletter!

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Second Round of Competition Begins for Federal Charter School Program Grant Funds

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Press Release, 8-29-19 Five Idaho public charter schools earned $800,000 each in federal grant support this past March. Idaho’s Communities of Excellence grant program is aimed at increasing the number of new, high-quality charter school seats across the Gem State. The second round of grant competition opens on September 4th. Grants are available for the startup, replication, or expansion of…

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