Last week the Florida Supreme Court struck down a voucher program as illegal under that state's constitution.
Betsy Newmark (linked above) is worried about the precedent the Florida Supreme Court's ruling against vouchers may set for charter school opponents, inasmuch as the court ruled that public schools must be "uniform."
Betsy's daughter Katie has many links of interest on this subject at her blog, A Constrained Vision.
As Betsy notes, charter schools are often very different from public schools. Here in California, the California Virtual Academy, a publicly funded homeschool program, has been such a success that it will be considered for selection as a California Distinguished School this spring. Similar innovations in Florida could be thwarted depending on the interpretation of "uniform."
Yesterday's L.A. Daily News reported that charter schools in Los Angeles are booming, and teachers are being hired away from "regular" L.A. public schools in significant numbers. In many cases the teachers are willing to give up higher salaries and benefits in order to teach in charter schools. (Hat tip: Joanne Jacobs.)