redefinED roundup: school choice at the RNC, “KKK vouchers” in Louisiana & more

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Choice at the RNC: Mitt Romney drops a line about school choice in his big speech, while Jeb Bush and Condoleezza Rice say more (redefinED). A former voucher student from Florida joins Jeb Bush on stage, saying in an interview later, “Because I had choice in my education, I was granted a better life (redefinED). (Image from minnesota.publicradio.org)

Louisiana: A statewide teachers union accuses the Black Alliance for Educational Options and other school choice groups of supporting a pro-KKK educational curriculum. (Choice Media)

Washington: The political landscape around charter schools has changed as voters get ready to vote on a charter measure for the fourth time. (Seattle Times)

Florida: A powerful lawmaker and school choice supporter is puzzled by charter schools that want to set up in one of the school districts in his legislative district. (St. Augustine Record)

Ohio: Hundreds of special needs students are benefiting from a voucher program. (Cincinnati.com)

Wisconsin: Legislative report finds little difference in test scores between voucher students in Milwaukee and counterparts in traditional public schools (TwinCities.com). Virtual charter schools offer cost savings, but questions persist about academic quality. (Oshkosh Northwestern)

California: Parents in the parent-trigger case ask the courts to stop the local school board from blocking their decision to convert their school into a charter. (Los Angeles Times)

Tennessee: A new Stanford study looks at the academic performance of charter school students in Memphis, finding mixed results when compared to like students in traditional public schools. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Georgia: Tension mounts over statewide ballot measure to expand charter schools (Atlanta Journal Constitution). The ballot push is funded primarily by out-of-state contributors (Athens Banner-Herald).

Indiana: The state’s fledgling voucher program may face capacity problems in private schools. (StateImpact Indiana)

Michigan: The Detroit charter school run by former NBA star Jalen Rose gives students a way out of a district that some parents think has been “bad for too long.” (Detroit Free Press)

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