by Cienna Madrid
Boise State University’s Idaho Policy Institute (IPI), housed within the School of Public Service, was awarded $212,229 to serve as an independent, third-party evaluator for the Idaho Communities of Excellence program, a charter school education organization funded by a federal charter schools program grant. The five-year grant was awarded by Bluum, a non-profit organization committed to expanding high-performing schools in Idaho.
“We are delighted to work with Boise State University and look forward to learning together what does and doesn’t work when it comes to opening and growing public charter schools,” said Terry Ryan, project director and CEO of Bluum.
Public charter schools have increased their role in Idaho’s educational landscape over the last 20 years. Charter schools now educate more than seven percent of the state’s public school students, while roughly 11,000 students currently are on waiting lists. As such, a consortium of leaders in education – including Bluum, Idaho Public Charter School Commission, Idaho State Board of Education, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Building Hope – have come together in an effort to launch, replicate and expand high-quality charter schools across the state. In 2018, the consortium received $17.1 million in funding for the Idaho Communities of Excellence program through a five-year federal charter schools program grant.