School Choice

Elevate Academies Work for the Students Who Need Options

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by Alan Gottlieb  Elevate Academy, a public charter Career and Technical Education (CTE) school in Caldwell serving at-risk students in grades 6-12, has so successfully addressed an unmet need that the model is expanding across Idaho with two new schools opening this month, in Nampa and up north in Post Falls.  And that’s just the beginning, according to Elevate co-founders…

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New Leadership for a New School Year

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Meet the newest leaders to join Bluum’s network of partner schools by Kristen McCarver  Bluum is committed to ensuring Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools. Research shows that quality school leadership is a primary driver for improving student achievement, which is why we support our partner schools in seeking out the very best education leaders…

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Growing Idaho’s American Classical Academy Public Charter Schools

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by Alan Gottlieb  A three-year-old classical academy charter school in Fruitland has proved so popular that its founder is launching a new organization to help other Idaho communities open schools following the same model. Despite being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic disruption during its first year of operation, the Treasure Valley Classical Academy (TVCA) has thrived and has a lengthy…

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Elevate Construction Teacher with Student in the Shop

Help Wanted – Teachers Needed

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New Charter Teacher Certification Empowers Local Educators  by Kristen McCarver  Part of Bluum’s commitment to Idaho’s families is taking risks to develop new approaches, so all Idaho students have access to a great education. During this year’s legislative session, our lawmakers approved one such approach – Idaho’s new Charter School Teacher Certification (full bill text here) will empower Idaho charter…

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A True Original

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Charter School Pioneer Celebrates Retirement by Alan Gottlieb Jackie Collins is retiring at the end of this school year, after leading Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa since it opened in 2005.  Jackie is one of Idaho’s charter school pioneers, and the K-12 school she has led is the second-largest brick-and-mortar charter school in Idaho, serving some 1,300 students. Almost half…

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Idaho Charter School Parents Stand in Front of White House

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice”

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Group of Idaho parents participate in rally against new proposed CSP regulations by Ashley Cotton and Lindsay Trombly Like many [Chicano, LantinX] children who grew up in rural Texas during the 70’s and 80’s, my mother is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in hopes of providing better opportunities for their family. She spent most…

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Melissa Stevens teaches her English class

Two Journeys, One Destination

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Two alumni return to Compass as teachers by Lindsay Trombly ‘I VALUED WHAT I WAS TAUGHT’ Being a teacher was always in the plan. Melissa Stevens now teaches at Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, and knew her calling ever since her time as a student at Compass. Stevens attended Compass in 2005, when the school first opened, as a third…

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Making Their Mark

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Elevate Academy students make career commitments with support from peers and community partners by Lindsay Trombly Spring has sprung and graduation is right around the corner for the 80 seniors in Elevate Academy’s inaugural graduating class. The school’s ‘80 for 80’ program is designed to prepare students for their next steps beyond graduation; including college, career or military. Earlier this year,…

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“Idaho Students Need Her”

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Internationally-educated student returns to teach in rural Idaho by Lindsay Trombly Ana Earl, Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member and first-year Social Studies Teacher, at Forge International School moved around quite a bit in her youth — living in not just Idaho — but in other countries such as Azerbaijan and England. She said it was hard being the new kid…

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IACS students stand on stage at Carnegie Hall with their instructor

A ‘Major’ Debut

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Idaho Arts Charter School Students Reflect on their Performance at Carnegie Hall  by Lindsay Trombly What do Billie Holiday, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Isaac Stern have in common? New York City’s world-famous music venue, Carnegie Hall. Since 1889, the concert hall has played an integral role in the development of American music. 131 years later, two students from Idaho Arts…

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