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School Choice

Expanding Excellence for Idaho’s Children

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By Suzanne Metzgar It may not be gaining national attention—at least not yet—but an educational renaissance is transpiring right here in the Gem State. Bluum is a new organization working to revolutionize educational opportunities for Idaho’s children. Our early successes, combined with the transformational work underway, has the potential to reshape the education landscape for future generations. Created just two…

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Terry Ryan Picks Choice Media Story of the Day

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Last week Terry had the chance to pick and present the Choice Media Story Of The Day. The story, “Report: Salaries just ‘part of the solution’ for Utah’s teacher shortage” looks at Utah’s teacher shortage issue and steps that schools and districts can do better recruit teachers. Teacher shortages is an issue that most Intermountain West states are facing currently,…

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Innovation Network Dinner

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Bluum partnered with Education Northwest to convene a group of school leaders and superintendents from public district, public charter, and private and parochial schools to define innovation and inspire action. Learn more about the topics discussed.      

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A Place for Valuable Networking, Idea-sharing and Dreaming

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A great opportunity for “collaboration, idea-sharing and dreaming.” This is what a room full of Idaho’s most innovative education leaders said about a recent gathering to discuss innovation and autonomy. Bluum partnered with Education Northwest to convene a group of school leaders and superintendents from public district, public charter, and private and parochial schools to define innovation and inspire action. Leaders…

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Idaho’s Hispanic Parents Speak Out – Event Info

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Bluum, in partnership with Idaho Leadership Institute and Idaho Commission On Hispanic Affairs, hosted a series of focus groups to better understand how Hispanic families in Idaho get information about schools, who they trust for information and how they make learning and school choices for their children.

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Idaho's School And Learning Choices

Parents’ Guide To Idaho’s School And Learning Choices

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By Terry Ryan and Suzanne Metzgar We’ve created this Parents Guide Idaho’s School And Learning Choices to empower parents! We want to provide a resource that defines your options and offers ideas for how best to take advantage of these for your child(ren). We believe that providing information about Idaho’s many — and growing — learning options can help parents…

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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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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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