By Darren Svan
BOISE — By the end of September, Bluum will learn if its charter school support will be backed by a new $24.8 million U.S. Department of Education grant.
The Communities of Excellence Federal Charter Schools Program grant is awarded in a five-year cycle. In 2018, Bluum, a nonprofit charter support organization, used its $22 million grant to kick off a rapid expansion of schools, funding 28 schools over five years. Charter schools now educate almost 10% of the state’s public school students.