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The Squeeze – A case for fairness in facilities and funding in Idaho

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by Terry Ryan & Marc Carignan published by Idaho Education News 1/15/19 Idaho is one of the nation’s fastest growing states. Many of our schools are overcrowded, and our student demographics are changing rapidly. The state’s public charter school program is well-established over 20-years of work by educators, community groups, parents and students. Gem State charters are high-performing and capable…

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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 IdahoEdNews.org 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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Idaho’s Charters Outperform State & National Averages on Nation’s Report Card

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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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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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Nonprofit Releases Report On Hispanic Parents

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Idaho nonprofit organization Bluum released a new report Wednesday with insights from Hispanic parents in southern and eastern Idaho about their children’s education.

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Making Sure Investments In New Schools Serve Students That Need It Most

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Ask anyone who lives in Boise and they’ll either proudly or wearily tell you that the region is growing. This is true for the area’s schools as well—in just 15 years the number of school-aged Idahoans in Boise and the surrounding region has grown by 39 percent. During this growth, Boise has also experienced demographic changes as lower-income and minority families move to the region.

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Treasure Valley School Expansion Must Be Smart, Targeted

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The Treasure Valley is one of the country’s fastest-growing regions. Those of us who live here see evidence of this in new construction, traffic jams and long lines at our favorite grocery stores and coffee shops.

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Study: School-Age Population in Treasure Valley has Risen 40 Percent Since 2000

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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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