Florida: A parent trigger bill goes down on a dramatic 20-20 vote in the state senate. The same body quietly approves an expansion of the state’s tax credit scholarship for low-income students.
Washington, D.C.: President Obama and Republican governors have found a lot of common ground on education, but private school vouchers are a major exception. (Associated Press)
Illinois: Chicago Public Schools chief says he supports public dollars “following” students to private schools, but a spokeswoman says he was not recommending that the state adopt vouchers. (Chicago Tribune)
Louisiana: U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu credits Gov. Bobby Jindal for tackling education reform, but says his voucher proposal goes too far. (New Orleans Times-Picayune) The proposal would have limited impact, maybe 2,000 students the first year, state education officials say. (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Tennessee: Poll finds a majority of residents oppose private school vouchers. (The Tennessean)
Missouri: “Blaine Amendment” causing complications for special needs students in religious schools. (Kansas City Star)