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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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“Idaho Students Need Her”

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Internationally-educated student returns to teach in rural Idaho by Lindsay Trombly Ana Earl, Teach For America (TFA) Corps Member and first-year Social Studies Teacher, at Forge International School moved around quite a bit in her youth — living in not just Idaho — but in other countries such as Azerbaijan and England. She said it was hard being the new kid…

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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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Students singing at Compass Public Charter School

Idaho Charter School Market Analysis

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EXPLORING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO CHARTER SCHOOLS FULL REPORT IN THE NEWS: IdahoEdNews, KTVB Idaho faces a twin challenge in the market for public school students. First, the state needs higher-quality schools to give all its students access to great educational options. Despite the hard work of Idaho educators and many years of policy progress, Idaho students still struggle, with only…

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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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An American flag hangs with the edges torn

Civics & Citizenship in American Schools: Teaching Citizens & School Profiles

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Teaching Citizens & School Profiles by Alan Gottlieb Bluum interviewed educators from four very different public charter school networks to get a sense of how they approach teaching civics and history. Those approaches varied significantly, from Democracy Prep’s action-oriented curriculum with an emphasis on real-life experience and current events, to Great Hearts’ close study of American history source material and…

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United We Stand: Charter School Educators Offer Competing Perspectives on Educating for Citizenship

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by Alan Gottlieb, with Foreword by Terry Ryan Foreword “Good citizenship is when effective citizens do simple but powerful things on a daily basis that keeps our country strong and free.” – Benjamin Franklin As a Boise-based education nonprofit committed to improving opportunities for Idaho’s families and young people Bluum cares deeply about what is taught in our schools, and…

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Kids who attend Upper Carmen Public Charter School stand outside the school

Local author produces a reading series

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by Sue Smith, Upper Carmen Charter School  Sue Smith, long time educator, has just published the fifth book in a five-book series.  This series of books is used to teach very young, deaf, dyslexic, learning delayed, and English as a second language students how to read. She developed this reading program over a period of thirty years, based largely on…

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Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective

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Dr. Clinton Condra is a 2019 Bluum Idaho School Leadership Fellow working with Treasure Valley Classical Academy to learn aspects of school leadership, including responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and leading the academic and instructional needs of the students and staff in one of Bluum’s partner schools. Idaho School Leadership Fellowship – A Retrospective By Clinton Condra, Ph.D. The 2019-2020…

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Idaho’s Most Remote Public Charter School – Island Park

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by Kristen McCarver Idaho’s varied, naturally wild geography – from the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie to the plains around the mighty Snake river – lends itself to a state full of communities that are just as diverse. For the most rugged and rural, public charter schools offer a unique way for people to create schools that are most…

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