redefinED roundup: Bill Gates and Washington charters, parent trigger victory in California & more

Washington: Supporters of a charter school ballot initiative raise $5 million in six weeks, including another $2 million from Bill Gates (Associated Press).

California: A judge rules that parents who won a parent trigger battle can open a charter school next fall (Los Angeles Times).

Florida: A new initiative to put more students into STEM fields taps students in traditional, magnet and charter schools (redefinED). A long-troubled Imagine charter school continues to test the patience of the school board in Pinellas County (Tampa Bay Times). In Palm Beach County, thousands of parents and students show up for a school choice showcase that includes magnet and charter schoools (Palm Beach Post). 

Pennsylvania: Republican lawmakers postpone discussion on a proposed statewide authorizer for charter schools (Pittsburgh Post Gazette). The U.S. Department of Education questions how state education officials revised rules to gauge whether charter school met academic standards (Philadelphia Inquirer). A bill to toughen oversight of charter schools dies in the state House (Associated Press).

Georgia: State senate candidates are divided over charter schools and a charter school ballot initiative (Douglas County Sentinel).

New Jersey: Charter schools tied to the highly regarded KIPP network are gearing up to expand (

Louisiana: An effort to recall lawmakers who supported the state’s new voucher program fizzles (Associated Press).

South Carolina: School choice is a big issue in school board races for the state’s biggest school district (Greenville News).

New Hampshire: State education officials continue a moratorium on new charter schools in the face of objections (Manchester Union Leader).

Tennessee: The Nashville school district’s school choice fair draws 1,000 people (Nashville Tennessean).

Wisconsin: Enrollment takes a big leap in the state’s virtual schools (Oshkosh Northwestern).

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BY reimaginED staff