redefinED roundup: charter school performance in Florida, school shopping in Michigan and more

Florida: State report says charter school students perform better than peers in traditional public schools. (Florida Times Union) State task force will begin planning for digital learning. (Orlando Sentinel)

Washington, D.C.: President Obama should support the D.C. voucher program, which has shown good results and enjoys bipartisan support, the Washington Post editorializes.

Montana: Businessman gives $4.6 million to expand private school choice. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

New Hampshire: Lawmakers begin planning override of Gov. John Lynch’s potential veto of a bill to establish tax credit scholarships. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

New York: Group forms to challenge teachers unions on merit pay, teacher tenure and school choice. (New York Post)

New Jersey: Gov. Chris Christie sees expanding school choice as key to education reform. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Michigan: More than 70 percent of parents say they shop for schools in Detroit, using all available options. (Detroit News.) Charter schools expected to grow at modest rate next year. (Asssociated Press)

South Carolina: Bill that would allow students to attend public schools in other districts gains ground. (The State)

Alabama: Bill to authorize charter schools clears a House committee. (Montgomery Advertiser) Teachers union rallies in part to protest school choice expansion. (Associated Press)

Mississippi: State senate revives charter school plan. (Hattiesburg American)

Indiana: Donations to state’s tax credit scholarship program are rising thanks to changes in state law. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director of Research & Special Projects at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times).