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Helping Idaho’s Charters Succeed: What Parents Have to Say

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A key Bluum goal is to share research and insights learned in our efforts to help grow successful new school models and develop innovative education leaders. We think education and schooling can only get better if it is informed by research, data and insights from what works and from what doesn’t. We also think the voice of parents matter greatly.…

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Idaho’s Charters Outperform State & National Averages on Nation’s Report Card

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A new study that focuses on K-12 students says the school-age population in the Treasure Valley has increased by nearly 40 percent since 2000.

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Shackled Education Pioneers – Idaho’s Public Charter Schools at 20

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By Terry Ryan and Julie Hahn As Idaho marks 20 years since the first charter schools opened in the Gem State in 1998 it is worth looking back at how the public charter movement started here. That’s the primary purpose of this report. But, as one revisits the history of Idaho’s public charter school program it is helpful to note how the…

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Better Together Than Going it Alone

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by Terry Ryan, CEO of Bluum, for Thomas B. Fordham’s Flypaper Competition or cooperation? The district-charter school debate has swung back and forth between these alternative strategies since the first public charter schools opened twenty-five years ago. No group has striven harder over that period to find a workable balance than the Seattle-based Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Better Together: Ensuring…

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Public School Funding Formula Committee Meeting (Funding Simulator)

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As the start of Idaho’s 2018 legislative session draws nearer, the Idaho Public School Funding Formula Committee continues working diligently toward understanding options for school funding in Idaho, since the current funding model was adopted in 1994. This morning, Terry and Marc will explore the student-based budget model with the Committee using the Idaho School Funding Simulator, created with the…

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Data Shows Rise in Idaho’s Hispanic Student Population

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by Angel Gonzalez, Bluum 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…

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Funding our Future: Idaho School Funding Simulator

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By Terry Ryan With the right political leadership in coming months and years, Idaho is well positioned to be a national leader in modernizing its public education finance system. The state’s current funding formula goes back to 1994, and according to the Education Commission of the State, “the current formula did not contemplate a variety of different learning modalities, the…

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Gaps in Academic Achievement Persist for Low-Income and Latino Students

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By Angel Gonzalez, Director of Research All students deserve a chance to succeed. Although we who care about education believe this, it is clear that some students do not get the same opportunities as others based on the conditions into which they are born. In the statewide math test, only 30 percent of low-income students scored proficient or advanced on…

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Analysis Finds Large Gaps in Charter Schools’ Access to Facilities

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Today, education nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners released an analysis of Idaho’s public charter school facilities landscape. The report analyzes data from a new survey of twenty-six Idaho charter school leaders.

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A Need To Listen To Hispanic Families About Their Education Options

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This Post First Appeared In Idaho State Journal | By Terry Ryan and Angel Gonzalez Hispanic students are among Idaho’s fastest growing demographic groups, making up 17.7 percent of enrolled public K-12 students today. Even more, the number of children in this demographic is projected to grow another 11.7 percent by 2019. Hispanic students also fare worse on Idaho’s state achievement tests than students…

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