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Statewide Board Considers Appeal to Court Decision

The Opportunity Educational Institution, the statewide school board tasked with taking over failing schools, is considering an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, after a Norfolk Circuit Court ruling this summer that found the board is unconstitutional. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that he will not challenge the Norfolk court’s ruling.

The Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) nine-member board will meet early next week to determine whether it has the authority to file its own challenge.

Republican state Senator Ryan McDougle of Hanover, the Chairman of the OEI, says opponents of the statewide school board don’t have any alternatives to save failing schools that have lost state accreditation.

The Opportunity Educational Institution was a top priority of former Governor Bob McDonnell during his last year in office.