redefinED roundup: Voucher rally in Pennsylvania, Jeb Bush in Colorado and more

Colorado: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lays out his education reform formula, with expanded school choice a key plank. (Education News Colorado)

Pennsylvania: Hundreds of Catholic school students in Philadelphia rally for a voucher bill. (CBS Philly)

Michigan: State lawmakers consider funding cyber schools on performance rather than enrollment. (

Washington: Expanded school choice in the form of charter schools – Washington is one of the few states without any – is an issue in the governor’s race. (Seattle Times)

South Carolina: A bill to offer tax breaks to parents who choose private schools advances in the state senate, but its prospects look iffy. (Associated Press)

Virginia: A legal debate surfaces over the constitutionality of tax credits for private school tuition. (Washington Post)

Tennessee: Nashville mayor criticizes the local school board after it rejects an application for a new KIPP charter school. (The Tennessean)

Ohio: Catholic school leaders are working to create a sustainable fund that will allow low-income students to attend Catholic schools in the Dayton area. (Dayton Daily News.)

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at