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redefinED roundup: Chicago strike shows Democratic divide, school choice growth in Florida & more

Chicago: The teachers union strike is over, but it highlights a growing rift within the Democratic Party over school choice and education reform (Christian Science Monitor). Mayor Rahm Emanuel can now focus on expanding charter schools (Chicago Tribune). (Image from

Florida: The state teachers union sinks $1 million into the campaign over a constitutional amendment that has little to do with education (redefinED). Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a Democratic candidate for Congress make a joint appearance at a new charter school (redefinED). The latest enrollment numbers show school choice in Florida has become mainstream (redefinED). The Volusia school superintendent recommends the school board reject all nine applications for new charter schools next year (Daytona Beach News Journal).

Maine: A task force begins considering legislative proposals for expanding school choice. (Kennebec Journal)

Virginia: A Richmond charter school welcomes a critique from school district officials. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tennessee: State education officials fine the Nashville school district $3.4 million for denying a charter school application. (Education Week)

Michigan: Lawmakers are set to discuss parent trigger legislation. (

Louisiana: State education officials tout the potential of online learning for disabled students. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

New York: A Bronx charter school goes from failing to award-winning. (New York Daily News)

Indiana: The state supreme court will hear arguments in a lawsuit against the state voucher program on Nov. 21. (Associated Press)

New Hampshire: Proposed charter schools are put on hold because of declining state funding. (Manchester Union-Leader)

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BY reimaginED staff