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Idaho Charter School Market Analysis

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EXPLORING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO CHARTER SCHOOLS FULL REPORT IN THE NEWS: IdahoEdNews, KTVB Idaho faces a twin challenge in the market for public school students. First, the state needs higher-quality schools to give all its students access to great educational options. Despite the hard work of Idaho educators and many years of policy progress, Idaho students still struggle, with only…

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Idaho’s Communities of Excellence CSP Grant: Year 2 Evaluation

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Prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Idaho’s Communities of Excellence (COE) consortium a $17.1 million Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant. The amount of the award increased to $22.5 million in 2019. Grant funds will be distributed over five years with the intent to achieve Idaho’s COE objectives.  The following questions drive Idaho…

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Analysis: The Impact and Outcomes of Full-Day Kindergarten

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LARGEST STUDY OF ITS KIND IN IDAHO LOOKS AT IMPACT OF ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN ON EARLY YEARS LITERACY DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE |  ONE PAGE INFO SHEET | FULL REPORT IN THE NEWS: IdahoEdNews, Idaho Statesman, KMVT, KTVB, The Lewiston Tribune Bluum is a strong believer in the power of parent choice. We have put our resources and efforts behind that belief.…

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All-Day Kindergarten Pilot Aims to Demonstrate Its Efficacy

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by Alan Gottlieb When Michelle Ball learned last year that she would receive funding through Bluum from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation to expand Idaho Falls-based charter school Alturas International Academy’s kindergarten program from half-day to full-day, she was ecstatic.   As a former kindergarten teacher, she knew how big a difference those extra hours could make in the academic and…

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Resources for Families with Young Children Learning At Home

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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. This document compiles online resources, most of which are available at no cost, that address some foundational building blocks of early learning: These resources address five key components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,…

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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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Idaho’s Communities of Excellence CSP Grant: Cohort 1 Baseline Evaluation

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Prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute In 2018, a consortium of leaders in education (Idaho Public Charter School Commission, Idaho State Board of Education and three non-profits, Bluum, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Building Hope) came together to apply for a competitive Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (see Appendix A) to…

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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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Idaho’s Education Earnings Gap

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New Research from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and John V. Winters, PhD Download the Full Report | Listen to On-Air Analysis | Read the National Report Foreword by Terry Ryan “Education pays.” This well-worn adage certainly applies to Idaho. According to Professor Winters in this new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the mean earnings differential between an…

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Bluum Schools to Provide Free All-Day Kindergarten

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News Coverage: Albertson Foundation awards $1.5 million for all-day kindergarten 17 Idaho schools staring up free all-day kindergarten North Idaho STEM to offer all-day kindergarten Albertson Foundation grant to focus on all-day K Education Notebook: Alturas receives kindergarten grant from Bluum Press Release, 1/22/2019 | Download   The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has awarded the Boise-based education nonprofit Bluum…

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