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Rural Education

Classical School Brings New Life to Classic Rural Community Building

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Overshadowed by a stately brick building in downtown Fruitland, the faded blue mailbox marked “Fruitland Community Library Book Drop” hints at the structure’s past purpose. Chain-link fence surrounds the entire perimeter to protect the $3.2 million-dollar transformation taking place inside. Constructed as a school in 1928, the stalwart structure has been a landmark ever since. When it was closed as…

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy

U.S. Asst. Secretary for Planning, Evaluation & Policy Development tours innovative Idaho school

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy is one of the state’s highest performing schools; in addition to a 100% college acceptance rate, their inaugural graduating class also designed and built a satellite. As a public charter school, they have the freedom to innovate, and in turn share their best practices for success with other educators and schools. In a recent visit…

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North Idaho STEM Charter Academy Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

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Founded as a K-8 school with the mission of providing its students with a rigorous and challenging learning environment, North Idaho STEM Charter Academy expanded in 2014, as part of the ’20 in 10′ strategy, to become a full K-12 school. On April 30, 2018, the school held a college signing day (complete with ball caps) to celebrate their first-ever…

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Stronger State Charter School Laws Are Key to Meeting the Needs of America’s Rural Students

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by Terry Ryan and Nate McClennen This post first appeared on The 74 In the ranching community of Carmen, Idaho, the Upper Carmen Charter School opened in 2005. Carmen once had its own one-room school but lost it through consolidation to the Salmon School District. Now this charter school serves about 85 K-8 students in multi-age classrooms. Some 300 miles…

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A Shining Example of Success in Rural Education

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High school Graduation is an important milestone in the life of every student, but graduating seniors in Morenci, a rural mining town of about 2,000 citizens southeast of Phoenix near the New Mexico border have extra cause for celebration. This year, nearly one in five Morenci High School seniors have earned an Associates Degree in addition to completing their high school…

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In A Changing Rural America, What Can Charter Schools Offer?

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by Terry Ryan and Paul Hill This post originally appeared on the Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard Rural America is not your grandparents’ heartland. Its population is getting older: 21 of the 25 oldest counties in the United States are rural. It’s no longer overwhelmingly white: One in five rural residents is a person of color, and more than four of five new rural residents…

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Upper Carmen Rural Idaho Charter School

Rural Charter School Growth Should Impact Policy Conversations

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The National Alliance For Public Charter Schools Blog | By Angel Gonzalez
When public conversation turns to charter schools, much of the attention is focused on urban students. In the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s recent report, they highlighted that charter school enrollment growth across the country was concentrated in America’s big cities. The Los Angeles Unified School District alone has 150,000 students attending charter schools, which to put into perspective is about half of Idaho’s total K-12 public school enrollment.

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