First CMO to Launch in Idaho

Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho’s first homegrown charter management organization (CMO) announced that it will receive a four-year, multi-million dollar grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation as part of the Foundation’s goal to expand high-performing limitless learning models in the state. The grant supports the Foundation’s 20 in 10 strategy, designed to close the gap between mediocrity more »

Sage Development Director Supports Newest Charter Schools Bill

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SB1087 – FEBRUARY 23, 2015 SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE My name is Keith Donahue. I am the Development Director for Sage International School of Boise. I am here at the invitation of Terry Ryan of the Idaho Charter School Network (ICSN). Mr. Ryan asked me to share my thoughts regarding SB1087 with the Committee more »

Legislature Hears from Charter Financial Experts on Facility Financing

Banking and financial experts from Vectra Bank & Building Hope joined the Network to address the Idaho Senate and House Education Committees this week to share challenges facing Idaho’s charter schools. Conrad Freeman, Mark Medema and Terry Ryan explained how the largest obstacle to charter school growth in Idaho is funding for a school’s facility. more »