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Idaho Education

Elevate Academies Work for the Students Who Need Options

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by Alan Gottlieb  Elevate Academy, a public charter Career and Technical Education (CTE) school in Caldwell serving at-risk students in grades 6-12, has so successfully addressed an unmet need that the model is expanding across Idaho with two new schools opening this month, in Nampa and up north in Post Falls.  And that’s just the beginning, according to Elevate co-founders…

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New Leadership for a New School Year

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Meet the newest leaders to join Bluum’s network of partner schools by Kristen McCarver  Bluum is committed to ensuring Idaho’s children reach their fullest potential by cultivating great leaders and innovative schools. Research shows that quality school leadership is a primary driver for improving student achievement, which is why we support our partner schools in seeking out the very best education leaders…

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Growing Idaho’s American Classical Academy Public Charter Schools

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by Alan Gottlieb  A three-year-old classical academy charter school in Fruitland has proved so popular that its founder is launching a new organization to help other Idaho communities open schools following the same model. Despite being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic disruption during its first year of operation, the Treasure Valley Classical Academy (TVCA) has thrived and has a lengthy…

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Bluum Announces Two Idaho New School Fellows

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Bluum’s mission is to create, grow, and support high quality schools across Idaho. Research shows that quality school leadership is one of the primary drivers for improving student achievement. For the past five years, Bluum has offered the Idaho New School Fellowship (INSF) to help elevate top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. The Idaho New School…

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Help Wanted – Teachers Needed

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New Charter Teacher Certification Empowers Local Educators  by Kristen McCarver  Part of Bluum’s commitment to Idaho’s families is taking risks to develop new approaches, so all Idaho students have access to a great education. During this year’s legislative session, our lawmakers approved one such approach – Idaho’s new Charter School Teacher Certification (full bill text here) will empower Idaho charter…

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A True Original

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Charter School Pioneer Celebrates Retirement by Alan Gottlieb Jackie Collins is retiring at the end of this school year, after leading Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa since it opened in 2005.  Jackie is one of Idaho’s charter school pioneers, and the K-12 school she has led is the second-largest brick-and-mortar charter school in Idaho, serving some 1,300 students. Almost half…

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Idaho Charter School Parents Stand in Front of White House

“Our Children, Our Choice, Can’t Silence Our Voice”

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Group of Idaho parents participate in rally against new proposed CSP regulations by Ashley Cotton and Lindsay Trombly Like many [Chicano, LantinX] children who grew up in rural Texas during the 70’s and 80’s, my mother is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in hopes of providing better opportunities for their family. She spent most…

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Two Journeys, One Destination

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Two alumni return to Compass as teachers by Lindsay Trombly ‘I VALUED WHAT I WAS TAUGHT’ Being a teacher was always in the plan. Melissa Stevens now teaches at Compass Public Charter School in Meridian, and knew her calling ever since her time as a student at Compass. Stevens attended Compass in 2005, when the school first opened, as a third…

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Making Their Mark

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Elevate Academy students make career commitments with support from peers and community partners by Lindsay Trombly Spring has sprung and graduation is right around the corner for the 80 seniors in Elevate Academy’s inaugural graduating class. The school’s ‘80 for 80’ program is designed to prepare students for their next steps beyond graduation; including college, career or military. Earlier this year,…

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Idaho School leaders at the Civil Rights event

Civil Rights in Today’s School Environment

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Legal Updates, Guidance, and Practical Planning Strategies by Lindsay Trombly Last week, Bluum hosted a free Advanced Civil Rights Training Workshop for a diverse group of representatives from Idaho’s rural and urban district schools, public charter schools, and more. The event was led by two nationally recognized civil rights attorneys, the founders and partners at Civil Rights Solutions: Renita Thukral, and…

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