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Cancel culture versus parent choice

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by Terry Ryan,  for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Flypaper Blog Can parent choice survive the cancel culture that is becoming ever more prevalent on both the political left and political right? What happens when the principles of diversity and choice in schools conflict with either the left’s or the right’s firm view of truth and falsehoods? How much leeway should…

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Follow Our Fellows – Building the Future

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Launched in 2016, Bluum’s Idaho New School Fellowship aims to transform education for Idaho’s neediest students by empowering educational leaders who are passionate about improving the prospects of children. We seek to recruit top education talent into the ranks of Idaho’s public school leadership. Amanda and Brad have worked intentionally to ensure their school is diverse-by-design; personally canvassing neighborhoods, visiting…

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This new charter school in Garden City is a ‘miracle’ for one family

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by Michael Katz, Idaho Statesman Considering where she and her family were just a year ago, the sight of Sara Aquino’s two daughters walking through the front doors of Future Public School in Garden City brought tears to her eyes. Aquino, her husband Kevin Matos, and their daughters Zoaris and Samaris moved to Boise from Puerto Rico seven months ago.…

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The Go-On Rate Debate: A Culture Of Low Expectations

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This post first appeared on Idaho Education News | By Angel Gonzales I am going to offer up what may be an unpopular opinion, Idaho’s 60 percent go-on rate goal is low, really low. I think about the goals that I would set for my children. I don’t want to see 40 percent of my children be unprepared for attaining…

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Demanding a Chance: Students sit next to each other working together on school work

Parents Support Charter Schools – And Want More

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Parents across the country like charter public schools, and want more of them. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a national survey of parents last week that shows “78 percent of parents support having a charter public school in their neighborhood and 73 percent support more charter schools opening nationwide.” Further, “an equal number of parents support the idea of allowing parents to choose their child’s public school, regardless of where they live.”

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