August 27, 2013
NORFOLK, Virginia (AP)— Governor Bob McDonnell says the state Supreme Court may have to decide whether the state can take over poorly performing schools, but he's confident a key part of his education reform package would be upheld.
State lawmakers passed a law earlier this year allowing a newly created state institution to take over any school that fails to meet state accreditation standards. Schools that receive accreditation warnings for three consecutive years can also be taken over by the Opportunity Educational Institution.
Two schools in Norfolk, one in Petersburg and one in Alexandria are eligible for state takeover.
The Norfolk School Board has voted to sue the state over the law. Speaking in front of a failing middle school in Norfolk on Tuesday, McDonnell said he's disappointed in the board's decision.