redefinED roundup: Charter school rally in New York City, voucher hopes in Tennessee and more

New York: 5,000 charter school parents rally to send a message in the mayor’s race. (NY1) More from the New York Times and New York Post. (New York Times photo at left shows students and parents from a KIPP charter school who attended the rally.)

South Carolina: A proposal for tax-credit scholarships got traction in the state legislature this year, but ultimately came up short. (The State)

Louisiana: As expected, the state teachers union files a lawsuit to stop the new statewide voucher program. (New Orleans Times Picayune)

Ohio: The state is ending a once federally mandated program that allowed low-income children to receive free, private tutoring but raised concerns about fraud and effectiveness. (Columbus Dispatch) 

Michigan: State lawmakers get set to debate parent trigger legislation. (

Tennessee: A key state lawmaker says the legislature is likely to pass a voucher bill next year, limited to urban areas. (Memphis Commercial Appeal) The state plans to convert 10 struggling Nashville schools into charter schools. (The Tennessean) The state also okays the expansion of charter schools in Memphis. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Florida: School choice is a key issue in a state senate race. One of the candidates was one of two Republicans in the state House who voted against the parent trigger legislation. (Florida Times Union.)

Nevada: Charter schools continue to grow enrollment. (

Minnesota: Charter school enrollment slows in Minneapolis and St. Paul after years of steady growth. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Pennsylvania: Lawmakers propose increased oversight of charter schools, including annual, public audits. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) A voucher proposal is among several education measures still up in the air as the state legislature nears its summer break. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

New Jersey: Charter school opponents make their case before the state education board. (

Georgia: A school district audit raises questions about the management and financial decisions of an academically acclaimed charter school with ties to a Turkish imam. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in the recall election will be a boost for school choice. (Appleton Post Crescent)