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Albemarle School Board Sides With Opponents Of New State Law

Albemarle School Board Sides With Opponents Of New State Law

The Albemarle School Board backs a legal challenge to Virginia’s new law that would let the state take control of underperforming schools from local school boards. The General Assembly approved legislation this year that would create an Opportunity Educational Institution, and authorize an appointed board to take over a school that’s denied accreditation or gets accredited with warning for three consecutive years. Chairman Steve Koleszar (pictured) and the Albemarle School Board reached the same conclusion that the Charlottesville School Board and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli did earlier this month. Each has decided the new law violates the Virginia constitution. The city and county school boards and Cuccinelli are on the same side as the Virginia School Boards Association and the Norfolk School Board. They want the courts to reject the new law.