redefinED roundup: Voucher possibilities in Tennessee, voucher phantoms in Florida and more

Tennessee: A task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam leaves no doubt that a private school voucher program is under serious consideration (Memphis Commercial Appeal). More here and here.

Florida: Teachers unions, school boards and media outlets are distorting the aim of a proposed constitutional amendment, claiming it’s about private school vouchers (redefinED). A charter school task force appointed by the state Legislature considers a proposal to allow local school districts to levy additional property taxes for charter school capital costs (Orlando Sentinel). The Palm Beach County school district – one of Florida’s biggest  – is beginning its public school choice application process for next year’s seats this week (Palm Beach Post.)

Georgia: The NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other civil rights groups are part of a coalition opposed to a charter school amendment on the November ballot. (Associated Press)

Louisiana: Private schools say their experience with the new voucher program has so far been good. (

Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican lawmakers want to address funding inequities for charter schools. (Harrisburg Patriot-News)

New York: A study finds charter schools are undermining enrollment at Catholic schools (Albany Times Union). Charter school applicants come under fire at a public hearing. (Utica Observer Dispatch)

New Hampshire: A moratorium on new charter schools is likely to be lifted this year. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

Washington: The teachers unions are focused more on the governor’s race than the charter school ballot initiative. (Seattle Times)

California: The award-winning American Indian Public Charter School must quickly remedy financial and oversight problems or risk being shut down. (Oakland Tribune)

Texas: Teacher turnover is higher at charter schools than at traditional public schools, according to a newspaper analysis. (San Antonio Express-News)

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BY reimaginED staff