redefinED roundup: voucher schools threatened in Louisiana, Andre Agassi helps a Milwaukee charter school and more

Louisiana: State education officials set accountability rules for private schools participating in the state’s new voucher program (Reuters). More from the New Orleans Times Picayune. The state deems a troubled private school ineligible to receive vouchers (Alexandria Town Talk). Meanwhile, a law firm representing a state teachers union sends letters to participating private schools, threatening them with litigation unless they opt out of the program until a lawsuit is settled (New Orleans Times Picayune).

Wisconsin: A Milwaukee charter school gets help from a national fund co-run by tennis legend Andre Agassi (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Michigan: Speaking at the American Federation for Teachers convention, Vice President Joe Biden takes aim at vouchers and says teachers are under “full blown attack” from Republicans. (

Indiana: The state’s year-old voucher program is becoming more diverse as it grows (Indianapolis Star). The mayor of Indianapolis tussles with parents over the future of a low-performing charter school (Indianapolis Star).

Florida: The school board in Pinellas County votes to allow an F-rated charter school to remain open after students and teachers plea for more time. (Tampa Bay Times)

Illinois: Charter school leaders in Chicago fear budget cuts because of uncertainty over the district’s contract with teachers. (Chicago Tribune)

Massachusetts: State education officials get 22 applications for new charter schools, including five for Boston. (Boston Globe)

New Jersey: Tussling between state education officials and the state teachers union continues over the recent approval of two on-line charter schools. (NJ Spotlight)

Washington: An initiative to bring charter schools to the state is officially certified to appear on the November ballot. (Education Week)

Maine: In the wake of a new academic study thats shows Maine faring poorly against other states, Gov. Paul LePage promises to revive a school choice bill that failed last year. (Bangor Daily News)

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