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Thousands wait for charter school seats

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Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on September 24, 2018 Thousands of children are waiting for a chance to enroll in one of Idaho’s charter schools. For some parents, getting in feels a little like winning the lottery. “We got lucky,” said Richard Petrus, whose granddaughter Audrey was one of 34 kindergarteners randomly selected to attend Idaho Falls charter Alturas International Academy.…

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

U.S. Asst. Secretary for Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development tours innovative Idaho school

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy is one of the state’s highest performing schools; in addition to a 100% college acceptance rate, their inaugural graduating class also designed and built a satellite. As a public charter school, they have the freedom to innovate, and in turn share their best practices for success with other educators and schools. In a recent visit…

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Future Public School Summer Camp

Helping Idaho’s Charters Succeed: What Parents Have to Say

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A key Bluum goal is to share research and insights learned in our efforts to help grow successful new school models and develop innovative education leaders. We think education and schooling can only get better if it is informed by research, data and insights from what works and from what doesn’t. We also think the voice of parents matter greatly.…

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National School Choice Week Celebration

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Held every January, National School Choice Week is an independent, non-partisan public awareness effort designed to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. From 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, supporters of school choice will come together in the first-floor Rotunda at the Idaho State Capitol to celebrate School Choice Week in Idaho on Thursday, January 25.…

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“Pretty Much Their Dream Job”- Teachers Excited for PIE

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The automatic doors whoosh open to reveal a reception desk occupied by Daniel, the friendly Nampa local who serves as Center Coordinator. Behind him is a large, welcoming, open room. To the right, modern furniture invites students to get comfortable and relax. Teachers’ desks border the left-hand wall, each has a whiteboard displaying a favorite quote and personal artifacts that offer…

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Everyone Can Teach Code!

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Bluum and Apple invite school leaders, principals, and teachers to this free event. Join Bluum and Apple to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. You’ll hear about the new Swift Playgrounds app that includes lessons for beginning coders. And you’ll explore curriculum materials for middle and high…

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Expanding Excellence for Idaho’s Children

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By Suzanne Metzgar It may not be gaining national attention—at least not yet—but an educational renaissance is transpiring right here in the Gem State. Bluum is a new organization working to revolutionize educational opportunities for Idaho’s children. Our early successes, combined with the transformational work underway, has the potential to reshape the education landscape for future generations. Created just two…

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