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Data Shows Rise in Idaho’s Hispanic Student Population

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by Angel Gonzalez Education facts from Idaho’s Hispanic Data Book Getting new data on education in Idaho is a treat, particularly for folks who are working to make data-driven decisions to improve our state’s system. There are few opportunities I get throughout the year where I am able to eagerly rummage through new data that tells a story about where…

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Making STEM Education Count: A Letter From Students

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This post first appeared in the Coeur d’Alene Press | By North Idaho STEM Charter Academy‘s Class of 2018 As Juniors in high school, we are concerned about our future. Since we have started high school, we have taken on challenging classes in an effort to prepare ourselves for higher education. We all started taking high school level classes in…

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Funding our Future: Idaho School Funding Simulator

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By Terry Ryan With the right political leadership in coming months and years, Idaho is well positioned to be a national leader in modernizing its public education finance system. The state’s current funding formula goes back to 1994, and according to the Education Commission of the State, “the current formula did not contemplate a variety of different learning modalities, the…

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Analysis Finds Large Gaps in Charter Schools’ Access to Facilities

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Today, education nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners released an analysis of Idaho’s public charter school facilities landscape. The report analyzes data from a new survey of twenty-six Idaho charter school leaders.

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The Go-On Rate Debate: A Culture Of Low Expectations

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This post first appeared on Idaho Education News | By Angel Gonzales I am going to offer up what may be an unpopular opinion, Idaho’s 60 percent go-on rate goal is low, really low. I think about the goals that I would set for my children. I don’t want to see 40 percent of my children be unprepared for attaining…

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Facilities: A Thorny Issue for Charters

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Ask any charter public school leader in the United States the thorniest issues they have to overcome in opening and running a great school and you will inevitably hear about facility challenges. Bottom line – the lack of affordable school facilities are a serious inhibitor to the growth and expansion America’s charter school sector.

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A Need To Listen To Hispanic Families About Their Education Options

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This Post First Appeared In Idaho State Journal | By Terry Ryan and Angel Gonzalez Hispanic students are among Idaho’s fastest growing demographic groups, making up 17.7 percent of enrolled public K-12 students today. Even more, the number of children in this demographic is projected to grow another 11.7 percent by 2019. Hispanic students also fare worse on Idaho’s state achievement tests than students…

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Five Trends Pushing Change in Idaho Education

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There are five major trends driving education change in Idaho. These trends already impact the state’s 320,000 plus public school students, and are sure to drive the conversation and debates around public education in coming years.

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Expanding Educational Opportunities In Idaho

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From a presentation by Terry Ryan to the Idaho Farm Bureau Leadership Conference We are often asked why we need expanded educational opportunities in Idaho. For us at Bluum it goes back to one of our guiding beliefs, that school choice helps families, children and educators achieve more and do better. We all know that children learn in different ways. Students…

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The Left May Have The Louder Voice In School Reform, But Conservatives Shouldn’t Despair

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This Post First Appeared On The Flypaper Blog | By Terry Ryan I was the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s point person in Ohio for twelve years. I never met Robert Pondiscio but have followed his writing since leaving Fordham in 2013. I am also a former New Schools Venture Fund (NSVF) Pahara fellow (class of 2008). Pondiscio’s piece, “The Left’s…

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