redefinED roundup: school choice and the courts, voucher growth in Indiana & more

Oklahoma: The state supreme court tosses out a lawsuit challenging a voucher program for special needs students, saying the two school districts that filed suit did not have standing (The Oklahoman).

Indiana: The state supreme court hears arguments over the constitutionality of the state’s fledgling voucher program (Indianapolis Star). Enrollment in the state’s voucher program skyrockets in year two (Huffington Post).

Colorado: The Colorado State Court of Appeals hears the appeal over the Douglas County voucher program (Denver Post).

Louisiana: The state’s voucher program heads to court this week (

Georgia: In the wake of election victories, school choice supporters aim to expand the state’s tax credit scholarship program (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Florida: Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford creates a new school choice and innovation committee to ensure choice issues don’t get lost in the general education discussion (redefinED).

Washington: Will there be any charter schools open by the 2013-14 school year? People who want to open charters will need to wait for the commission to get running before they can apply, then there are more hurdles to clear (The Columbian). More from the Seattle Times.

Michigan: The Michigan Public Education Finance Act, proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder, would allow students to choose school districts, make greater use of online learning and earn financial incentives for completing high school early (Detroit Free Press). More from Education Week.

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia school officials move to limit charter school growth, outraging charter supporters (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Tennessee: Voucher discussions include expansion of public school options, too (The Tennessean).

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BY reimaginED staff