Governor Terry McAuliffe will not challenge a ruling by Norfolk Circuit Court that the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI, a statewide school board with the authority to take over failing schools, is unconstitutional. Governor McAuliffe says the OEI took responsibility away from local communities and school boards.
The Opportunity Educational Institution was a top priority of former Governor Bob McDonnell during his last year in office. Six schools denied state accreditation, including several in Petersburg, would have been taken over in the upcoming school year.
The General Assembly removed all of the OEI’s funding shortly after the Circuit Court’s June 10th decision.