redefinED roundup: Education savings accounts in Arizona, parental choice tutoring program in Florida and more

Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law a bill that makes students in D and F schools eligible for education savings accounts. (Arizona Republic) An estimated 100,000 students could be eligible. (Arizona Daily Star)

Florida: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan questions why the Florida Legislature decided to continue a program that allows low-income parents to choose private tutoring providers. (Associated Press) Tutoring providers fire back, saying Florida’s law is a model. (Tampa Bay Times’ Gradebook blog)

New Hampshire: Both houses of the Legislature have now passed a tax credit scholarship bill by margins big enough to override an expected veto from Gov. John Lynch. (Concord Monitor)

South Carolina: Gov. Nikki Haley signs into law a bill that will allow expansion of charter schools, including creation of boys-only and girls-only charter schools. (Associated Press)

Louisiana: State teachers union president says opponents will try to undo the sweeping education changes led by Gov. Bobby Jindal, including the statewide voucher program. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

Missouri: Bill that would allow charter schools to expand, and make it easier to close low-performing ones, heads to Gov. Jay Nixon. (

Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill to expand virtual charter schools. (Detroit Free Press)

Ohio: A state lawmaker scales back a proposed voucher plan to reassure school districts that fear a mass exodus of students. (Toledo Blade) Former Akron city councilman hopes to start a charter school that follows the “no excuses model” of some successful inner-city charters. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Illinois: The Chicago school system plans to create 60 charter schools over the next five years. (Chicago Tribune)

Pennsylvania: Catholics push for school choice options on “Voucher Sunday.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Tennessee: Virtual school is winning converts in Memphis. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

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BY reimaginED staff