In late January, Idaho law- and policy-makers and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner and discussion about new ideas for a new era of public education in Idaho.
After Terry Ryan welcomed our distinguished guests, Idaho Charter School Network‘s President, Bill Russel, took a moment to present two lawmakers with the Champions for Charters Award. Sen. Lori Den Hartog, and Rep. Judy Boyle were honored with this award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Also honored with this award but not present was Bob Nonini, former member of the Idaho Senate serving District 3.
As guests listened intently, nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Paul T. Hill, founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education talked school finance, charter/district collaboration, and rural education with Terry Ryan, and took questions from the audience.
Roger Quarles, Executive Director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, then took to the stage to moderate a panel of representatives from some of Idaho’s major employers, J.R. Simplot Company, Chobani and the Idaho Hospital Association, who shared their perspectives on the challenges of recruiting workforce-ready candidates, and how education could help fill the gaps.
|See the Funding Formula Discussion:
|Listen to Dr. Hill discuss charter/district collaboration here:
|Terry & Dr. Hill discuss rural education:
|See the Employer Panel Here:
|Panelists Left to right:
Paul Casey – Chobani,
Director of Research and Development
Darci Barnes – J.R. Simplot Company,
Director of Talent & Culture
Shawnie Christensen – Idaho Hospital Association,
Director of Human Resources