The Idaho Charter School Network, a group representing Idaho’s 40-plus charter schools, has a new president.
Terry Ryan will take over the presidency this fall. He comes to Idaho from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Ohio, a network of 11 charter schools serving some 2,700 students. As vice president for Fordham’s Ohio programs, Ryan was in charge of research and policy efforts in the state capital, raising and overseeing grant dollars and overseeing Fordham’s charter school authorizer efforts.
“Idaho is on the move when it comes to improving education, and the charter school sector is a key driver of the improvements,” said Ryan. “I look forward to working with the state’s charter school leaders, educators, supporters, families and students in makingIdaho an acknowledged school reform leader in the nation.”
Ryan began his career in education as a teacher in Poland and worked with the Polish Ministry of Education and the Foundation for Education for Democracy in the mid-1990s. He was awarded the Paterson International Fellowship from the University of Denver in 1994 and was a research director for the British-based 21st Century Learning Initiative. Ryan was a 2008 New Schools Venture Fund/Aspen Institute Fellow and is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in political economy from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies.