redefinED roundup: School choice in Arkansas, charter schools in Maine and more

Arkansas: A federal judge’s ruling on the state’s school choice law opens the door for legislative action on choice. (Arkansas News)

Maine: Gov. Paul LePage and the newly formed Maine Charter School Commission are at odds over the pace of the commission’s work. (Bangor Daily News)

Louisiana: More financial concerns surface about a private school that has drawn an unflattering spotlight to the state’s new voucher program. (Monroe News Star) Meanwhile, state education officials are still considering how best to assess private schools that accept voucher students. (New Orleans Times Picayune.) And lawsuits over the voucher program begin to pile up. (Shreveport Times)

Pennsylvania: Lawmakers get set to consider school choice expansion in the form of more tax credit scholarships. (Harrisburg Patriot News) The Pittsburgh schools system is considering its own virtual school to win back students lost to cyber charter schools. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Michigan: Black students in charter schools outperform their peers in traditional public schools, a study by a charter school support group finds. (

California: A state audit finds evidence of fraud and other problems at the nationally recognized American Indian Model Schools, a charter school organization. (Sacramento Bee)

Washington: Both sides raises concerns about the ballot language for a statewide charter school measure. (The Olympian)

Florida: Tax credit scholarships are an issue in a state senate race between Democrats. (Palm Beach Post) A recently closed charter school with ties to Scientology and both financial and academic problems raises questions about Florida’s charter school laws. (Tampa Bay Times)

Illinois: A charter school support group is training parents to be advocates for their children. (CBS Chicago)

Ohio: Voucher demand declines slightly in the Toledo school district. (Toledo Blade)

Minnesota: Bill Cosby will be the keynote speaker for the National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis this week. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)