School Choice

Be The Change You Want to See – Kipp Columbus

703 483 BLUUM

by Terry Ryan The images over the last month have been hard, sad, and disheartening to watch. Start with the callous murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, move to watching greedy opportunists loot stores and burn out community businesses while smiling for social media, then watch a military helicopter push legitimate protesters away from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. What…

read more

Idaho’s Charters Are Preparing Students for College and Career, Even During Distance Learning

1011 300 BLUUM

by Kristen McCarver Educators across the country are trying to figure out what the new normal will be, but for Addie and Luke, students at Sage International School of Boise, top of mind for next year is not how they will be learning, but the academic rigor of their senior year. Sage is a K-12 public charter school. Charter schools…

read more

5th Grade Student From Ammon Creates Community Garden to Feed Hungry Families

1024 576 BLUUM

by Kristen McCarver Sidonah Colvin is on a mission to help feed hungry families in her community. She’s doing this by working with the mayor and other city officials of Ammon, Idaho, to create a community garden, and she’s doing it in the midst of a global pandemic. Sidonah’s project started at school – Alturas International Academy in Idaho Falls.…

read more

How Idaho’s Gem Innovation Schools Are Keeping Learning Going During COVID-19

750 457 BLUUM

by Alan Gottlieb Originally Published on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper Blog on 4-16-2020 In these uncertain days, with many brick-and-mortar schools shuttered indefinitely, one of Idaho’s leaders in online education has moved in a deliberate and intelligent fashion to transition its brick-and-mortar-based students to online learning. That’s because the leaders of Gem Prep, a growing network of three…

read more

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

1024 566 BLUUM

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…

read more

One of Idaho’s First Charter Schools Plans Ambitious Expansion

1024 579 BLUUM

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…

read more

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

1024 569 BLUUM

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…

read more
Students look up at the Boise Capital celebrating National School Choice Week

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

684 1024 BLUUM

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…

read more
An overlook of the Idaho valley in Upper Carmen Idaho

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

1024 411 BLUUM

by Kristen McCarver 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…

read more

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

1024 768 BLUUM

by Kristen McCarver 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…

read more