Va. Battle Brews Over Law Authorizing State-Run District
School boards in Virginia are planning a legal fight against a new law signed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that creates a state-run K-12 district for schools performing poorly academically. Such a move would challenge a policy that has been put to use in various ways by officials in such states as Louisiana, Michigan, and Tennessee seeking more direct control over struggling public schools.
The threatened lawsuit by the Virginia School Boards Association in conjunction with the Norfolk school district is an example of policy fights nationwide between local education officials and state governments that in some ways mirror the feuds between states and the federal government over the proper role of Washington in K-12 policy. But the Virginia lawsuit might bring those tensions to a new, more prominent level.
"The local districts [in Virginia] are more aggressively fighting back than you saw either in Tennessee or in Louisiana," said Jeffrey Henig, a professor of political science and education at...
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