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Assembly passes state takeover of failing schools

Wednesday - 2/20/2013, 5:24pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Legislation allowing the state to take over chronically failing schools has cleared its last General Assembly hurdle.

The House of Delegates voted 64-34 Wednesday to pass the bill, which is a major component of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform agenda. The Senate previously passed the bill. It now goes to the Republican governor for his signature.

The bill establishes a state board to that would take control of failing schools with the goal of helping them earn accreditation

Supporters of the bill say the state has allowed schools to fail for too long. Opponents call it a state intrusion into local governance.

Six schools currently meet the criteria for state takeover, but no schools will be transferred until after the 2013-2014 school year.

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