School Models

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

Idaho New School Fellow Brings Career-Technical Education North

588 589 BLUUM

“Idaho is my home,” says Bluum’s newest Idaho New School Fellow, Marita Diffenbaugh, when asked why she’s inspired to create what will be a school of choice for students who qualify as at-risk, with CTE offerings that reflect workforce needs and opportunities in North Idaho. Marita is dedicated to using her strengths and experiences to ensure respect and opportunity for…

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

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

Let’s Celebrate 2,274 New Learning Opportunities

1024 598 BLUUM

Mark your calendars to help us celebrate the opening of three unique schools, the expansion of two more, and the 2,274 new educational opportunities they represent for the children and families in their communities. Elevate Academy Idaho New School Fellows Matt Strong & Monica White have spent nearly two years building Elevate Academy, which will train and create a pipeline…

read more

Meeting the Potential of a Virtual Education

1024 556 BLUUM

Lessons From Operators Making Online Schooling Work When the first virtual school began more than 20 years ago, it offered an incredible promise: Suddenly, students could get access to a great education and a diversity of courses regardless of place or time. They could have flexibility to “attend” school around medical appointments, sports practices, or whatever else life threw at…

read more

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

1024 411 BLUUM

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…

read more

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

1024 768 BLUUM

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…

read more

New charter school aims to reach rural Idaho students

1024 327 BLUUM

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…

read more

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

1024 683 BLUUM

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…

read more