redefinED roundup: Voucher plan advances in Alaska, Florida Virtual School gets more scrutiny and more

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Alaska: Voucher bill gains ground in the legislature. (Alaska Dispatch)

Florida: Florida Virtual School, a national model, comes under more scrutiny for its effectiveness. (Education Week.)

Indiana: Indiana Supreme Court agrees to hear voucher case. (Associated Press) More competition from school choice means school districts must step up marketing, a columnist argues. (Lafayette Journal & Courier) All-boys charter school coming to Indianapolis. (Indianapolis Star)

Minnesota: Big money being poured into school reform campaigns. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Alabama: Republican Gov. Robert Bentley and top GOP state lawmakers unveil a bill that would permit creation of public charter schools and conversion of under-performing traditional schools to charters. (

Georgia: Lawmakers debate whether every high school student should have to take an on-line course. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Louisiana: Accountability called into question for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed voucher expansion. (New Orleans Times Picayune) Teacher protests over Jindal’s proposals close some schools. ( Meanwhile, a program similar to Florida’s tax-credit scholarship for low-income children clears its first legislative hurdle. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

Wisconsin: A proposal to limit expansion of the state’s voucher program passes the state assembly and heads to Gov. Scott Walker. A proposal to create a new voucher program for students with disabilities passes the assembly and heads to the state senate. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)

Maine: Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to open the door to vouchers for religious schools draws fire at a public hearing. (Bangor Daily News)

Idaho: Lawmakers pass bill to remove cap on charter schools. (Associated Press)

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