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redefinED roundup: Jalen Rose’s charter school in Michigan, vouchers in Louisiana and more


Louisiana: State House passes voucher bill (New Orleans Times Picayune) with bipartisan support. (redefinED)

Michigan: Charter school started by former basketball star Jalen Rose has more applicants than openings. (MLive)

Florida: Parent trigger bill apparently died for reasons other than pros and cons of parent triggers. (Sunshine State News)

New Hampshire: State senate gives preliminary approval to tax credit scholarships, while House is scheduled to vote later this month. (Boston.com)

Kansas: Catholic institutions and Libertarians form alliance to back tax credit scholarship bill. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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


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)

redefinED roundup: parent trigger shot down in Florida, Blaine Amendment complications in Missouri and more


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)

redefinED roundup: parent triggers in Florida, voucher studies in Milwaukee and more


Editor’s note: We’re going to try something new this morning – a quickie roundup of recent headlines that we think deserve your attention. In keeping with redefinED’s focus, we’ll put the spotlight on stories regarding school choice (vouchers, charters, tax-credit-scholarships, etc.) and/or speak to new definitions of public education.

Florida: A parent trigger bill clears a key Senate committee in an unusual Saturday morning vote. (Tampa Bay Times). A proposal to give charter schools more money for capital projects falters in the state House. (Tampa Bay Times.)

Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer signs legislation that expands the state’s tax credit scholarship program. (Arizona Republic.)

Wisconsin: Voucher students in Milwaukee make bigger reader gains that peers in public schools, study finds. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.) Proposed voucher expansion could open private-school doors for parents in 37 school districts. (Appleton Post-Crescent)