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Idaho’s Charters Are Preparing Students for College and Career, Even During Distance Learning

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Educators across the country are trying to figure out what the new normal will be, but for Addie and Luke, students at Sage International School of Boise, top of mind for next year is not how they will be learning, but the academic rigor of their senior year. Sage is a K-12 public charter school. Charter schools educate roughly 8%…

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5 Things We Learned from Idaho Charter School Leaders as Their Students Switch to Online Learning — and 2 Thoughts for the Future

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by Kristen McCarver and Josh McCarty As the need to transition to remote learning grew more apparent, many of Idaho’s charter school leaders began to plan their transition from their current teaching methods to remote options. We brought these schools together virtually to talk about how they are working to serve their families, children and communities during the COVID-19 shutdown,…

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Three Distinct Charter Schools, One Shared Mission: To Provide High-Quality Choices for Students in Rural Idaho

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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…

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Bluum Schools to Provide Free All-Day Kindergarten

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News Coverage: Albertson Foundation awards $1.5 million for all-day kindergarten 17 Idaho schools staring up free all-day kindergarten North Idaho STEM to offer all-day kindergarten Albertson Foundation grant to focus on all-day K Education Notebook: Alturas receives kindergarten grant from Bluum Press Release, 1/22/2019 | Download   The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has awarded the Boise-based education nonprofit Bluum…

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Gem Prep Cuts Ribbon for Permanent Home

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by Max Cohan, Local8News.com POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Although the school year doesn’t begin until next week, dozens gathered at Gem Prep’s newest facility Thursday evening. The new building, which you may remember as a Sears, is now Gem Prep’s “forever home.” “It’s kind of crazy because it doesn’t feel like we’re part of a mall, it doesn’t feel like…

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New Compass Charter School Building Opens in Meridian

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by Alx Stevens, Meridian Press Students, parents and staff of Compass Charter School started the school year with a ribbon cutting for its new building. “I love it,” parent Brenda Hansen said at the Aug. 13 ceremony, a day before the start of school. Hansen has four children who will have classes in the new building. “All of them are…

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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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Follow Our Fellows – Building the Future

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Launched in 2016, Bluum’s Idaho New School Fellowship aims to transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children. We seek to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. Amanda and Brad have worked intentionally to ensure their school is diverse-by-design; personally canvassing neighborhoods, visiting…

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This new charter school in Garden City is a ‘miracle’ for one family

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by Michael Katz, Idaho Statesman Considering where she and her family were just a year ago, the sight of Sara Aquino’s two daughters walking through the front doors of Future Public School in Garden City brought tears to her eyes. Aquino, her husband Kevin Matos, and their daughters Zoaris and Samaris moved to Boise from Puerto Rico seven months ago.…

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Career-technical charter school coming to Caldwell, set to open in 2019

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press CALDWELL — A career-technical charter school for middle and high school students is looking to open in Caldwell next year. The proposed Elevate Academy would be a year-round public charter school focused on growing the labor pipeline for technical jobs and industry professionals. Monica White, the school’s co-founder, said the shortage of such professionals has…

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