State District to Run Struggling Schools in Va.
New entity will run struggling schools
Plans are underway in Virginia for the opening of a new state-run district aimed at taking over and turning around academic performance in some of the state's lowest-performing schools—the fourth in a growing number of such entities across the nation.
Approved by state lawmakers earlier this year, Virginia's version of the model is called the Opportunity Educational Institution, or OEI. Its creation comes 10 years after Louisiana established the Recovery School District, a then-unique state-run district that took over and attempted to turn around academically struggling schools in that state.
Similar districts in Tennessee and Michigan are finishing their first year of operating schools. The idea has been considered in Texas, where a bill to create such a district recently failed to pass the state...
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