redefinED roundup: voucher talk in Texas, parent trigger in Michigan and more

Texas: Recent political appointments show more stars lining up for vouchers in the next legislative session. (Houston Chronicle)

Michigan: Parent Revolution leader Ben Austin criticizes a parent trigger proposal in Michigan because for-profit charter schools would be among the options parents could select for a school turnaround. (Education Week)

Florida: School boards pass resolution after resolution against Amendment 8, which they think will open the door to more private school vouchers.

New Jersey: An Episcopal school in Newark becomes the first to convert to a charter school under a new law opposed by some Catholic leaders. (NJ.com)

Tennessee: Vouchers are an issue in legislative races, with some Republicans lukewarm about the idea (timesfreepress.com). Some charter schools in Memphis get rent-free school buildings, while others have to pay for their own space (Memphis Commercial Appeal).

Maine: The state’s first charter schools open. (Associated Press)

Georgia: Some school board members complain the Georgia School Boards Association’s opposition to a charter school ballot initiative has gone too far. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Illinois: Charter school parents rally to ensure the new teachers union contract doesn’t come at the expense of charter funding (Chicago Tribune).

Washington D.C.: A task force begins considering whether charter schools should give admissions preference to neighborhood children. (Washington Post)

Louisiana: State education officials will not provide records on how private schools were selected to participate in the state’s new voucher program. (Associated Press)