Florida: State education commissioner Gerard Robinson, a former president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, resigns amidst tumult over the state’s accountability system (Tampa Bay Times). Robinson says the move was for family reasons (Tampa Bay Times). Critics of Florida’s education reforms see an opportunity to change direction (News Service of Florida).
Louisiana: There are far more applicants than seats available in Louisiana’s new voucher program, leaving thousands of parents and students out of luck. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Wisconsin: Private school vouchers are a central issue in a Democratic primary for a state assembly seat in Milwaukee. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Maine: On the birthday of school choice champion Milton Friedman, choice proponents in Maine promise another legislative push for an expansion of learning options. (Bangor Daily News)
Mississippi: Gov. Phil Bryant pushes for charter schools as part of his education reform package (Jackson Clarion Ledger). Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves also says he’ll continue pushing for legislation to boost charter schools despite the failure of a charter school proposal during the last session (Memphis Commercial Appeal).
North Carolina: The state board of education is set to consider allowing 25 new charter schools across 13 counties next year. (Associated Press)
South Carolina: Parents and teachers talk up the positives of a new charter school in the Myrtle Beach area. (Myrtle Beach Online)
Nevada: A state lawmaker proposes a voucher bill that would give parents half of the state’s per-student funding to send their children to private schools. (Las Vegas Review Journal)