redefinED roundup: Voucher defense in Louisiana, charter school waiting list in Florida and more

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Louisiana: School choice groups join the state in defending the new voucher program against a lawsuit filed by the state teachers unions and school boards association. (The Advertiser) A judge denies an injunction sought by voucher opponents to suspend the program while the case plays out in court. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

Florida: In one South Florida city, 14,000 students are on a waiting list to enroll in one of the city’s charter schools even though the city’s traditional public schools have a good reputation. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

New Jersey: The state teachers union and school boards association want education officials to hold off on approval of virtual charter schools. (NJ Spotlight) Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, running for Congress, supports a federal school voucher program. (NJ.com)

Georgia: A state senator forcefully reiterates his support for vouchers during a debate with his election challenger. (Cherokee Tribune)

Tennessee: A pro-charter school political action committee donates the maximum to school board candidates it backs in Nashville. (The Tennessean)

Pennsylvania: State education officials authorize four new virtual charter schools after closing a different one last week. (Education Week’s Charters & Choice blog)

Washington: Supporters of a charter school ballot initiative spent more than $2 million gathering signatures. (Seattle Times)

California: The Los Angeles school district is fighting a court order that requires it to give more space to charter schools. (Los Angeles Times)

Illinois: The Chicago school district’s plans to expand charters is met with hostility at a public hearing. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Indiana: Debate continues over the value of online learning as it expands rapidly. (Indianapolis Star)