Alabama: The National School Choice Week nationwide whistle stop tour is making a trip to Alabama (AL.com).
Arizona: The state superintendent of public instruction urges the state supreme court to uphold the constitutionality of education savings accounts (Arizona Daily Sun). District officials in Prescott worry a new charter school will take away its best and brightest students (Daily Courier).
California: Parents in Los Angeles are getting more active in education issues, thanks to the help of civil rights groups, and they are helping decide school budgets and make leadership choices (LA Times).
Connecticut: The Stamford area school district is looking to build a new magnet school to solve overcrowding issues (Stamford Advocate).
Delaware: The Indian River School District will be initiating an advertising campaign aimed at retaining students in the district (Sussex Countian).
Florida: Julie Young, the CEO of Florida Virtual School, says FLVS does not “flunk” in its job to teach kids (Tallahassee Democrat). Miami-area magnet schools don’t provide a lot of information about themselves, frustrating some parents looking at school choices (Miami Herald). Florida’s budget is going to get sandwiched by a growing number of students and retirees unless the education system can improve enough to produce a more productive workforce (redefinED). The city of West Palm Beach is looking to start and run its own charter school to attract residents but one journalist doesn’t think that is fair (Palm Beach Post). The Hillsborough County School District recommends an initial “no vote” on a proposed charter school at MacDill Air Force Basel but the school board will make the final call this week (redefinED, redefinED, Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times). Reporting news from across the pond can be tough, but the British newspaper reports “right wing” groups plan to push for vouchers in Florida (the state already has tuition tax-credits and vouchers for pre-kindergarten and special needs kids (The Guardian).
Georgia: The superintendent in Fulton County endorses public school choice for parents (Heartlander).