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Idaho Education

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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A Tested Tool to Better Serve Idaho Students – Flexibility in Charter School Leadership

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At Bluum, we aim to help Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and growing innovative schools. Through our experience of helping to open or expand 15 high-performing schools throughout the state, and empowering six outstanding educators to design, build, and launch high-performing public charter schools, we have learned some lessons about quality, leadership, and innovation. This…

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400 Attendees, 40 Schools & Community Partners Celebrate Choice in Education

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All kids deserve a school that works for them. That’s why we brought together a variety of schools of all types to help families learn about their options for the 2019-2020 school year. The event was one of 240 separate events held across the Gem State to celebrate National School Choice Week. There were drawings, student performances, music, and a…

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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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New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education In Idaho – Discussion with Dr. Paul T. Hill

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In late January, Idaho law- and policy-makers and education stakeholders joined Bluum for a special dinner and discussion about new ideas for a new era of public education in Idaho. After Terry Ryan welcomed our distinguished guests, Idaho Charter School Network‘s President, Bill Russel, took a moment to present two lawmakers with the Champions for Charters Award. Sen. Lori Den…

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The Squeeze – A case for fairness in facilities and funding in Idaho

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by Terry Ryan & Marc Carignan published by Idaho Education News 1/15/19 Idaho is one of the nation’s fastest growing states. Many of our schools are overcrowded, and our student demographics are changing rapidly. The state’s public charter school program is well-established over 20-years of work by educators, community groups, parents and students. Gem State charters are high-performing and capable…

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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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Thousands wait for charter school seats

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Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on September 24, 2018 Thousands of children are waiting for a chance to enroll in one of Idaho’s charter schools. For some parents, getting in feels a little like winning the lottery. “We got lucky,” said Richard Petrus, whose granddaughter Audrey was one of 34 kindergarteners randomly selected to attend Idaho Falls charter Alturas International Academy.…

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Comparing Notes – A Visit to one of Idaho’s First Innovation High Schools

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by Kristen McCarver Nestled within a quiet Nampa neighborhood is one of Idaho’s first innovation high schools, Treasure Valley Leadership Academy. Launched at the start of the 2017-18 school year with a class of around 30 9th graders, it’s no doubt been a year of firsts, including hosting a learning visit for educators from another school. As an innovation school,…

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