Albertson Foundation Issues $5 Million RFP for New, 'Innovative' School

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Calling for an "innovative new form of school," the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced plans to spend $5 million to fund the launch of a new Idaho facility to serve as an early college high school.

The foundation wants plans for a "new form of school somewhere in Idaho," according to a release from the organization sent out this afternoon, accepting bids from both school districts and charter operators. The foundation's Pathways to College and Careers Charter School Plan asks applicants for plans to "design and launch a new school in collaboration with a higher-education institution and strong industry partner."

"Students of this school will be in a position to make informed choices about their college and career paths and graduate ready to excel in college or in a job in one of Idaho's major industries," according to the release.

Money allotted by the foundation will help pay for start-up costs for the school's establishment, and ensure that students can attend without having to pay tuition, as part of a goal to get 60 percent of Idaho students to complete some form of secondary education by 2020.

The foundation's RFP envisions a school similar to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, model, like one piloted in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The foundation previously launched the "Go On" campaign, a drive for Idaho teens to make a commitment to attaining higher education, and has "invested more than $500 million to improve education in Idaho."