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Norfolk Judge Strikes Down Law Allowing State To Take Control of Failing Schools

A Norfolk judge has ruled that a law allowing the state to take over chronically failing public schools is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Poston ruled yesterday in favor of the Virginia School Board Association and the Norfolk School board which filed the lawsuit challenging creation of the Opportunity Educational Institution.

The state-run institution was slated to take control of six schools that were denied state accreditation in Norfolk, Alexandria and Petersburg. The law was a key component of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s education reform agenda.

The state could appeal the ruling.