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A True Original

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Charter School Pioneer Celebrates Retirement by Alan Gottlieb Jackie Collins is retiring at the end of this school year, after leading Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa since it opened in 2005.  Jackie is one of Idaho’s charter school pioneers, and the K-12 school she has led is the second-largest brick-and-mortar charter school in Idaho, serving some 1,300 students. Almost half…

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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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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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Cardinal Academy is Tailored to Educate Parenting Teens

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Powerful partnership with The Salvation Army builds on rich history by Alan Gottlieb  Cardinal Academy, a new public charter high school for pregnant and parenting students opening this fall, offers a powerful example of how charter schools can fill voids school districts are unable or unwilling to fill themselves.  In the case of Cardinal Academy, the void was created when…

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Charter School Facility Refinancing Guide & Toolkit

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In 2018, a consortium of partners came together around Idaho’s Communities of Excellence federal Charter School Program (CSP) grant to lead and accelerate the expansion of high-quality charter schools across the state. Bluum serves as project lead for the consortium and is joined in this work by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, the Idaho State Board of Education, the…

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One of Idaho’s First Charter Schools Plans Ambitious Expansion

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by Alan Gottlieb When Jed Splittgerber’s oldest son was a baby, Jed assumed Milo would attend the nearby Boise public elementary school when it was time for kindergarten. “It’s a great school and our driveway touched its backyard,” he said. But as Milo approached school age, Jed began researching options. And when he heard from a coworker about Anser Charter…

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Gem Prep: Pocatello enjoying new location at Pine Ridge Mall

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by Kendra Evansen, for the Idaho State Journal CHUBBUCK — It’s been six months since Gem Prep: Pocatello charter school moved into the former Sears store at the Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuck, and officials say things are going great so far. “We love it. You have no idea that you are in a former department store when you stand…

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New Charter School Opens Doors Boasting a Classical Education for K-6

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by Nik Streng, The Argus Observer FRUITLAND — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Olde School in Fruitland will have students in the classrooms, as the Treasure Valley Classical Academy was set to open its doors this morning for the first day of school. The academy is a charter school in Fruitland, which will house kindergarten…

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Gem Prep Cuts Ribbon for Permanent Home

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by Max Cohan, Local8News.com POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Although the school year doesn’t begin until next week, dozens gathered at Gem Prep’s newest facility Thursday evening. The new building, which you may remember as a Sears, is now Gem Prep’s “forever home.” “It’s kind of crazy because it doesn’t feel like we’re part of a mall, it doesn’t feel like…

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New Compass Charter School Building Opens in Meridian

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by Alx Stevens, Meridian Press Students, parents and staff of Compass Charter School started the school year with a ribbon cutting for its new building. “I love it,” parent Brenda Hansen said at the Aug. 13 ceremony, a day before the start of school. Hansen has four children who will have classes in the new building. “All of them are…

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