School Choice

Rural Charter School Offers New CTE Opportunities for Students in Salmon, Idaho

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by Kristen McCarver “Thank you so much for doing this, it’s the first time he’s shown interest in something other than hunting,” said one parent of the new 6-week welding class offered by Fernwaters Public Charter School. Prior to this program, few 7th and 8th grade students in rural Salmon, Idaho were able to engage in career exploration. Salmon is…

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One of Idaho’s First Charter Schools Plans Ambitious Expansion

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by Alan Gottlieb When Jed Splittgerber’s oldest son was a baby, Jed assumed Milo would attend the nearby Boise public elementary school when it was time for kindergarten. “It’s a great school and our driveway touched its backyard,” he said. But as Milo approached school age, Jed began researching options. And when he heard from a coworker about Anser Charter…

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Three Distinct Charter Schools, One Shared Mission: To Provide High-Quality Choices for Students in Rural Idaho

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by Alan Gottlieb This story originally appeared in The 74 on 1/29/2020 At 17, he’s old to be a high school sophomore, but academically, Axel lags far behind his classmates. School for him has been a series of frustrations and disappointments. Axel, who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons, has been kicked out of several…

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Drafters of Nation’s First Public Charter School Laws Remind Democratic Presidential Candidates that Democrats Have Long Supported Charters

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Former Minnesota Democratic State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge, author of the nation’s first charter school law, visited Idaho in early 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passage of Minnesota’s landmark education legislation. During her 2016 Idaho visit she presented the origins of chartering and helped dispel the myths of chartering to an audience of Gem State legislators. Ms. Reichgott Junge, along with former Colorado Democratic State Representative Peggy Kerns, and former California Democratic State Senator Gary…

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The Power of Place: New School Fellows Create McCall Community School

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Our Idaho New School Fellows are a growing and varied group of individuals who are creating innovative schools to prepare students to thrive in our rapidly-changing world. Meet Dr. Jenny Schon and Patrick Berg; two veteran educators who share a vision of a personalized, community-centered school that reflects the values of their rural Idaho town. McCall is a small mountain…

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Little Audience, Big Ideas: Idaho New School Fellow creates STEAM Learning Opportunities

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Libraries are generally known to be quiet places, but on Early Childhood STEAM Day, when you step through the doors at Caldwell Public Library, an enthusiastic murmur can be heard somewhere to the left. Idaho New School Fellow Anthony Haskett regularly teams up with the Caldwell Public Library to harness the excitement and energy of 30 preschoolers into free STEAM activities. This…

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New charter school aims to reach rural Idaho students

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press MIDDLETON — A new public charter school aimed at providing education to underserved rural Idaho counties is slated to open this fall. Forge International is a K-5, year-round public charter school that will bring international baccalaureate education to students in Canyon, Gem and Payette counties. International baccalaureate education is an internationally recognized program designed to…

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400 Attendees, 40 Schools & Community Partners Celebrate Choice in Education

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All kids deserve a school that works for them. That’s why we brought together a variety of schools of all types to help families learn about their options for the 2019-2020 school year. The event was one of 240 separate events held across the Gem State to celebrate National School Choice Week. There were drawings, student performances, music, and a…

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Why School Choice Has Worked for Us

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by Sierra Tanner and Tanner Lynch, high school students at Pathways in Education – Nampa For decades, high school students like us have chosen some of their classes—electives, Advanced Placement courses, and so on—based on their talents, needs, and interests. If students can choose their own classes with advice from their parents, they should also have the power to select…

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Idaho’s Charter School Students are Learning

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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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