School Choice

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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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Idaho New School Fellow Will “Elevate” Career-Tech Education in Southeast Idaho

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by Lindsay Trombly Idaho Falls educator Logan Waetje will become the 20th Bluum Idaho New School Fellow when he starts his Fellowship in early July to work with the Elevate Academy team in launching a school in 2023. “I see a school in Idaho Falls that serves the underserved. I’ll bring the energy, and the enthusiasm, the support… I love…

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Resilience: Lessons from 2021 Idaho Graduates

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by Alan Gottlieb A one-word description emerges after speaking with several 2021 Idaho charter high school graduates about the most unusual conclusion to their secondary school careers: resilience. It would be easy for the class of 2021 to feel a collective sense of self-pity. After all, portions of their junior and senior years were disrupted by a global pandemic that…

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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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Cancel culture versus parent choice

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by Terry Ryan,  for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Flypaper Blog Can parent choice survive the cancel culture that is becoming ever more prevalent on both the political left and political right? What happens when the principles of diversity and choice in schools conflict with either the left’s or the right’s firm view of truth and falsehoods? How much leeway should…

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A COVID-19 Education Case Study: Idaho, Local Control and the Pandemic

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by Alan Gottlieb When it comes to reopening schools for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic this school year, Idaho has been a study in contrasts. K-12 students in some remote rural districts have been back full face-to-face, masks optional and social distancing not enforced, since the beginning of the school year. In some more urban areas, older students are…

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New Charter School Receives Nearly $1 Million in Early Fundraising Efforts

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Since December, a highly anticipated school this fall in Idaho Falls has received in support from a variety of sources Alturas Preparatory Academy (APA), a new International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school founded as a sister school of Alturas International Academy (AIA) in Idaho Falls, has been awarded a competitive federal grant and has attracted numerous local donors eager to see…

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Cardinal Academy is Tailored to Educate Parenting Teens

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Powerful partnership with The Salvation Army builds on rich history by Alan Gottlieb  Cardinal Academy, a new public charter high school for pregnant and parenting students opening this fall, offers a powerful example of how charter schools can fill voids school districts are unable or unwilling to fill themselves.  In the case of Cardinal Academy, the void was created when…

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Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective

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Dr. Clinton Condra is a 2019 Bluum Idaho School Leadership Fellow working with Treasure Valley Classical Academy to learn aspects of school leadership, including responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and leading the academic and instructional needs of the students and staff in one of Bluum’s partner schools. Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective By Clinton Condra, Ph.D. The 2019-2020…

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Idaho’s Most Remote Public Charter School – Island Park

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by Kristen McCarver Idaho’s varied, naturally wild geography – from the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie to the plains around the mighty Snake river – lends itself to a state full of communities that are just as diverse. For the most rugged and rural, public charter schools offer a unique way for people to create schools that are most…

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