An Idaho nonprofit funded by the Albertson Foundation today released a free bilingual “Parents’ Guide to Idaho’s School and Learning Choices,” available in both Spanish and English. “All Idaho parents, regardless of their native language, should have access to information about the growing choices available to their children so they can make the best decisions possible about what learning opportunities are best for their sons and daughters,” said Terry Ryan, CEO of Bluum. The guide is online here; there's more info here.
Bluum is an organization that works for school innovation, including bringing new, high-quality school models to Idaho and providing training and support for Idaho educators with innovative approaches. The group, then under the auspices of the Idaho Charter School Network, published a report last August entitled “Shifting Sands: Idaho’s changing student demographics and what it means for education,” projecting that Idaho’s school student population will see significant demographic changes in the next five years, becoming increasingly urban, more racially diverse and poorer. The report, which is online here, projected that Idaho’s Hispanic student population will be its fastest-growing portion, while the state’s non-Hispanic white student population is projected to decline.