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How Idaho’s Gem Innovation Schools Are Keeping Learning Going During COVID-19

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by Alan Gottlieb Originally Published on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper Blog on 4-16-2020 In these uncertain days, with many brick-and-mortar schools shuttered indefinitely, one of Idaho’s leaders in online education has moved in a deliberate and intelligent fashion to transition its brick-and-mortar-based students to online learning. That’s because the leaders of Gem Prep, a growing network of three…

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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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Idaho’s Education Earnings Gap

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New Research from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and John V. Winters, PhD Download the Full Report | Listen to On-Air Analysis | Read the National Report Foreword by Terry Ryan “Education pays.” This well-worn adage certainly applies to Idaho. According to Professor Winters in this new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the mean earnings differential between an…

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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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When Magic Happens – Finding the Right Fit

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Bluum is excited to introduce you to the dedicated leaders and high quality schools that we are working with to ensure Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential. Grace Lutheran School opened its doors to the Pocatello community over 60 years ago.

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Educational Success for Kids Depends on the Existence of Choices

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by Candise Gilbert The necessity of selection began the moment I learned I would become a parent. It became my job, and truly my greatest passion to make choices I felt were in the best interest of my child. Every aspect of parenthood from diapering and feeding to sleeping and behavior includes a significant number of options. An even greater…

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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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Talking Innovation Schools With Representative Wendy Horman

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The idea behind the bill is to allow the professionals who work closest with Idaho’s children to define how they view success for students and to allow them to create the environment to achieve that.

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School Culture is Key to Building a High Performing Model

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Compass Public Charter School, located in Meridian, has expanded several times since our inception in 2005. Having started as a K-7 school with 270 students and 12 employees, Compass has grown into a K-12 school of 860 students and 74 employees. This growth has provided the school with many opportunities to learn from mistakes and to build on successes.

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Innovation Spotlight: Matthew Murphy

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Interview with Matthew Murphy, 9th Grader at Compass Public Charter School, Meridian. In conjunction with National School Choice Week we interviewed our student rally speakers about what choice means to them and the effect it has had on their education.

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