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Innovation

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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Elevate Construction Teacher with Student in the Shop

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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Leadership in Times of Stress: How to Put People First in the Digital World

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Entering our third year of COVID and an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder now than ever before. One thing is certain. Leaders must be more intentional than ever, making sure their cups are full before pouring too much into those around them. Join us May 18th, for a discussion with nationally recognized motivational speaker, entrepreneurial leader, veteran, and author, Mike…

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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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Rob Roberts

Idaho’s “Friend of Education”

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Local business owner creates needed classroom space for students   by Lindsay Trombly Rob Roberts’ dedication to Idaho students began with “just a wild hair” to move from Pennsylvania to Idaho, where he founded R&M Steel in 1969.   Rob Roberts at Western School of Heavy Equipment, Weiser, ID 1968. Photo courtesy of the book “BOISE An Illustrated History” by Merle…

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Andy Johnson in the military

Continued Service: Veterans in Idaho Education

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by Alan Gottlieb While it might be little noticed by most people, military veterans are having a significant impact on K-12 education in Idaho. It seems only fitting on this Veterans Day to pay tribute to those men and women who have chosen to continue their service in classrooms, on boards, and in the public education policy realm. Greg Wilson, Senior…

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Welding Student at Elevate Academy

Next Step Ready

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Elevate Academy supports first graduating class beyond high school by Lindsay Trombly 80 NAMES ON A WALL Elevate Academy, a Caldwell-based Career Tech school for grades 6-12, expects students to be Next Step Ready by showing up, being present, being flexible, being a team player and having pride in their work. To meet their mission for “all students to take responsibility…

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New school leaders Becky Smith an Amber Stark stand together

Keeping it in the family

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Upper Carmen Charter School welcomes next generation of leadership by Alan Gottlieb Bluum seeks to develop innovative education leaders in communities throughout the Gem State to ensure children reach their highest potential. In the tiny town of Carmen live two exceptional leaders who founded Upper Carmen Charter School. Jim and Sue Smith have been running the school since 2005, and this…

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Front of RISE Charter School

Rising Up To Serve More Students

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RISE Charter School partners with Kimberly School District to provide another option for students by Lindsay Trombly Students enrolled in the newly-created RISE Charter School in Kimberly, ID will ride the school bus with their siblings who attend nearby Kimberly Elementary and Middle Schools to experience going to school – together. RISE opens its doors to students this August. Superintendent…

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