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Charter Schools

Classical School Brings New Life to Classic Rural Community Building

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Overshadowed by a stately brick building in downtown Fruitland, the faded blue mailbox marked “Fruitland Community Library Book Drop” hints at the structure’s past purpose. Chain-link fence surrounds the entire perimeter to protect the $3.2 million-dollar transformation taking place inside. Constructed as a school in 1928, the stalwart structure has been a landmark ever since. When it was closed as…

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The Power of Place: New School Fellows Create McCall Community School

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Our Idaho New School Fellows are a growing and varied group of individuals who are creating innovative schools to prepare students to thrive in our rapidly-changing world. Meet Dr. Jenny Schon and Patrick Berg; two veteran educators who share a vision of a personalized, community-centered school that reflects the values of their rural Idaho town. McCall is a small mountain…

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$4 Million in Federal Funds Awarded to Five Idaho Public Charter Schools

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Press Release Five Idaho public charter schools have been awarded $800,000 each in federal funds in a first round of funding aimed at increasing the number of new, high-quality charter school seats for the Idaho students who need them most. The grants will allow the five schools to add a total of 2,484 new seats in schools for students from…

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The ABCs of Idaho Education Building Funding

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by Sharon Fisher, Idaho Business Review Constructing education buildings can be challenging enough, but funding them in Idaho can be even more difficult. While there are several methods districts can consider, none of them is particularly easy. Impact fees It might seem logical to have a developer contribute to the cost of constructing a new public school building. After all,…

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Little Audience, Big Ideas: Idaho New School Fellow creates STEAM Learning Opportunities

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Libraries are generally known to be quiet places, but on Early Childhood STEAM Day, when you step through the doors at Caldwell Public Library, an enthusiastic murmur can be heard somewhere to the left. Idaho New School Fellow Anthony Haskett regularly teams up with the Caldwell Public Library to harness the excitement and energy of 30 preschoolers into free STEAM activities. This…

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At the Wheel of Idaho’s Public Charter School Program

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by Terry Ryan & Roger Quarles This post originally appeared on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Flypaper Blog A willfully one-sided and misguided “study” emerged the other day from something that calls itself the “Network for Public Education” that purports to show that the federal government has wasted a lot of money trying to expand and improve America’s public charter…

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Idaho Policy Institute Awarded Contract to Evaluate Public Charter Schools

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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…

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Why School Choice Has Worked for Us

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by Sierra Tanner and Tanner Lynch, high school students at Pathways in Education – Nampa For decades, high school students like us have chosen some of their classes—electives, Advanced Placement courses, and so on—based on their talents, needs, and interests. If students can choose their own classes with advice from their parents, they should also have the power to select…

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Fairness in Facilities: Why Idaho Public Charter Schools Need More Facilities Funding

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To document the financial challenges facing Idaho public charter schools, and to help us find ways to improve how charters finance facilities in the Gem State, we engaged the research team at Bellwether Education Partners. In 2016, Bellwether issued Building Excellence: How Helping Charters Access Facilities Can Improve Opportunity for Idaho Kids. In that report, the crack research team at…

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Idaho’s Charter School Students are Learning

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A new study that focuses on K-12 students says the school-age population in the Treasure Valley has increased by nearly 40 percent since 2000.

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