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Idaho Business Review

A Word With Terry Ryan of Bluum

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From Idaho Business Review | By Anne Wallace Allen Terry Ryan is president of Bluum, a project of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation that will spend $3 million in Idaho this year on education projects around the state. Bluum creates and supports alternative education models with an emphasis on college and career readiness. Ryan, who has worked in education since…

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Expanding Educational Opportunities In Idaho

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From a presentation by Terry Ryan to the Idaho Farm Bureau Leadership Conference We are often asked why we need expanded educational opportunities in Idaho. For us at Bluum it goes back to one of our guiding beliefs, that school choice helps families, children and educators achieve more and do better. We all know that children learn in different ways. Students…

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Idaho Press-Tribune

Gem Prep: Nampa Gets $482,000 More in Grant Money

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Nampa’s newest charter school, Gem Prep: Nampa, has been awarded two grants prior to its planned opening in fall 2016.

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The Sage Green Team

High School Students Design Innovative Recycling Bin for Boise

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Students from Sage International School’s Green Team presented an innovative, sustainable program to promote recycling in parks at Tuesday’s Boise City Council work session. Sage students approached Boise Parks & Recreation with their new idea for an outdoor recycling bin, named Terra Luna, which addressed the City Council’s desire to increase the number of recycling bins in Boise’s parks. Over the last 18 months Sage students, in partnership with Parks & Recreation, have worked with community businesses to refine and construct Terra Luna, which mounts onto the city’s existing trash cans.

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Students at the Nampa School District play educational games on computers

Charter Schools Should Not Have All the Fun

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One size does not fit all. Not clothes, not cars, not diets, not housing and, importantly, not schooling. Traditional, or what I will call “legacy” schools and school districts have focused on standardization, uniformity and predictability. Parents and state governments demanded it. It served our nation well for over 100 years. Times have changed, and so must we.

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STEM Caucus Meeting with Members of the House and Senate and representatives of interested parties

Stretching the STEM Vision for Idaho High Schools

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From The Idaho Statesman | By Bill Roberts Bluum was honored to take part in the conversations around improving Idaho’s STEM education options and these innovative school examples from Ohio. A pair of Idaho lawmakers are pushing a plan for high schools built around science, technology, engineering and math that could exist both within and outside of the state’s traditional…

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Legislators listen about school choice in America

Boise, Idaho: Celebrating 25 Years of School Choice in America

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From Zero Chance of Passage Blog | By Ember Reichgott Junge For me, there is no greater privilege than to present the origins of chartering and help dispel the myths of chartering to an audience of legislators, including key education committee leaders. That was the opportunity presented me in Boise, Idaho January 18-19, hosted by the nonprofit organization Bluum, led…

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Moving Idaho’s Schools Forward Means Expanding School Options

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Education Week — the nation’s education journal — gave Idaho a D+ (ranking 48th), and an F on school finance, worst in the country. Idaho’s graduation rate is lower than all but eight states. These are tough numbers to stomach, but they should motivate improvement efforts. Idahoans are concerned about their schools and want better.

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Eric Kellerer poses with a group of Liberian grade school students

Capturing The Amazing

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When I travel, I take a lot of pictures. When my children were teens, they would roll their eyes as the shutter on the camera whirred. I wasn’t taking pictures of my kids; I was taking pictures of other people’s kids, buildings, cars, motorcycles carrying five people and a pig, and things that were different from my ordinary life.

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