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School Funding Formula Hijinks

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By Terry Ryan, originally posted on The Idaho Public School Funding Formula Committee (a group of state lawmakers, policy makers and education leaders) has spent the last three years convening multiple hearings in Boise and across the state to learn from Idaho educators, school board members, citizens, taxpayers, parents and outside experts what is working and what isn’t working…

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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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Quality is What Counts – New School Growth in Idaho

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by Terry Ryan  “Growth in Treasure Valley spurs 4 new charter schools” read the headline of a recent Idaho Statesman article. It is undeniable that Idaho is rapidly adding students and families, districts like West Ada are bursting at the seams, and a number of public charter schools have burgeoning waitlists. Growth is opportunity. Quality is our focus, however, because…

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Stronger State Charter School Laws Are Key to Meeting the Needs of America’s Rural Students

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by Terry Ryan and Nate McClennen This post first appeared on The 74 In the ranching community of Carmen, Idaho, the Upper Carmen Charter School opened in 2005. Carmen once had its own one-room school but lost it through consolidation to the Salmon School District. Now this charter school serves about 85 K-8 students in multi-age classrooms. Some 300 miles…

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Innovation in American Education – Discussion with Checker Finn

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Idaho lawmakers, policymakers, school leaders, and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner presentation about the improvements and ongoing challenges in education over the last quarter-century and what the future holds for students in Idaho and the nation. Our goal was to stimulate discussion around the challenges of the past, the lessons learned from across the country in school improvement…

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Shackled Education Pioneers – Idaho’s Public Charter Schools at 20

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By Terry Ryan and Julie Hahn Click to Download the Full Report As Idaho marks 20 years since the first charter schools opened in the Gem State in 1998 it is worth looking back at how the public charter movement started here. That’s the primary purpose of this report. But, as one revisits the history of Idaho’s public charter school program it…

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New Year, New Opportunities for Ambitious Ed Entrepreneurs

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America’s current education system is not preparing all students for the future demands of college, career, the global economy, and effective participatory democracy. This is a challenge facing all communities – urban, suburban and rural – as student needs become more complex and achievement gaps persist. Bluum helps grow successful schools and develop innovative leaders by offering fellowships to aspiring…

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Better Together Than Going it Alone

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by Terry Ryan, CEO of Bluum, for Thomas B. Fordham’s Flypaper Competition or cooperation? The district-charter school debate has swung back and forth between these alternative strategies since the first public charter schools opened twenty-five years ago. No group has striven harder over that period to find a workable balance than the Seattle-based Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Better Together: Ensuring…

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Public School Funding Formula Committee Meeting (Funding Simulator)

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As the start of Idaho’s 2018 legislative session draws nearer, the Idaho Public School Funding Formula Committee continues working diligently toward understanding options for school funding in Idaho, since the current funding model was adopted in 1994. This morning, Terry and Marc will explore the student-based budget model with the Committee using the Idaho School Funding Simulator, created with the…

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