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KTRV Fox 12 News, September 18, 2008

Idaho to help charter school developers

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Education plans to help people who are trying to develop charter schools as an alternative to the traditional public school system.

The agency will hold a Sept. 24 workshop in Boise to assist charter school developers with information about the initial steps they need to take, such as developing a business plan.

Idaho state law allowing charter schools was passed in 1998 and since then, more than 30 have been established in Idaho by teachers, parents and community members.

Charter schools now hold about 11,000 students statewide.

Idaho is 1 of 5 states awarded federal money earlier this year to further develop charter schools. Federal grants also went to Oregon, New York, Utah, and Florida.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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