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Idaho Education

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 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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Treasure Valley Leadership Academy

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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Gem Prep: Pocatello has plans to relocate into old Sears building inside Pine Ridge Mall

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by Shelbie Harris, Idaho State Journal The Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck closed its doors in 2014 — the same year one local public charter school, Gem Prep Pocatello, opened its own. Now four years later, Gem Prep has plans to move from its current location on Jessie Clark Lane behind O.K. Ward Park in Pocatello…

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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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Building a Community – Charter Makes a Home in Historic Building

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by Kristen McCarver, Bluum The only immediate clue to the age of the building is a brass plaque embedded in the brick on the northwest side. “This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.” There’s a modern glass and steel awning that protects the entrance, and much of the façade is obscured by beautiful, mature trees.…

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Redefining Catholic Education – The Treasure Valley’s First New Catholic School in 50 Years

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by Kristen McCarver & Terry Ryan Years of hard work, research, planning, and fundraising all culminated in one moment on a clear, hot July afternoon when parishioners streamed out of the Holy Apostles Catholic Church and worked their way across the parking lot to congregate in front of a brand-new mission style building. St. Ignatius Catholic School is the Boise-area’s…

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Next Gem Prep Charter School in the Works for Meridian

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by Holly Beech, Meridian Press A public charter school that blends online learning into the classroom is seeking approval to open in Meridian next year. Gem Prep: Meridian would be the fourth in a network of schools run by Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho’s first charter management organization. The organization also operates Gem Prep: Nampa, which opened last fall, Gem Prep:…

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Two Young Educators Team Up to Build a New Charter School In Garden City

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by Teya Vitu, Idaho Business Review Two educators thought they would each build their own charter school in Boise, anchored with their $120,000 Idaho New School Fellowships from Bluum, a Boise-based new school incubator network. After Brad Petersen and Amanda Cox spent time together in the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) training for charter school principals, they decided it made…

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