redefinED roundup: school choice at the RNC, “KKK vouchers” in Louisiana & more

Choice at the RNC: Mitt Romney drops a line about school choice in his big speech, while Jeb Bush and Condoleezza Rice say more (redefinED). A former voucher student from Florida joins Jeb Bush on stage, saying in an interview later, “Because I had choice in my education, I was granted a better life (redefinED). (Image from

Louisiana: A statewide teachers union accuses the Black Alliance for Educational Options and other school choice groups of supporting a pro-KKK educational curriculum. (Choice Media)

Washington: The political landscape around charter schools has changed as voters get ready to vote on a charter measure for the fourth time. (Seattle Times)

Florida: A powerful lawmaker and school choice supporter is puzzled by charter schools that want to set up in one of the school districts in his legislative district. (St. Augustine Record)

Ohio: Hundreds of special needs students are benefiting from a voucher program. (

Wisconsin: Legislative report finds little difference in test scores between voucher students in Milwaukee and counterparts in traditional public schools ( Virtual charter schools offer cost savings, but questions persist about academic quality. (Oshkosh Northwestern)

California: Parents in the parent-trigger case ask the courts to stop the local school board from blocking their decision to convert their school into a charter. (Los Angeles Times)

Tennessee: A new Stanford study looks at the academic performance of charter school students in Memphis, finding mixed results when compared to like students in traditional public schools. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Georgia: Tension mounts over statewide ballot measure to expand charter schools (Atlanta Journal Constitution). The ballot push is funded primarily by out-of-state contributors (Athens Banner-Herald).

Indiana: The state’s fledgling voucher program may face capacity problems in private schools. (StateImpact Indiana)

Michigan: The Detroit charter school run by former NBA star Jalen Rose gives students a way out of a district that some parents think has been “bad for too long.” (Detroit Free Press)

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BY reimaginED staff