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Richmond Failing Schools to be Supervised by State

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RICHMOND - Fred Thompson Middle School is one of five schools that will be supervised by the state, locally Richmond has more schools that will be supervised because of this new law than any other locality.

It's part of Governor Mcdonnell's landmark education agenda, giving the state the ability to take over failing schools.

On Friday, the state released its accreditation report on which schools the state will start to oversee - including five schools in Richmond.

But some school officials think the state may be overstepping its boundaries.

Richmond School Board member Kim Gray says the school board isn't happy with the report.

"I don't believe it's constitutional, I don't believe it's going to hold up in court," she says.

But she doesn't think a state takeover is the answer, as she says local school boards know their communities best.

"It's more than disappointing and I'm here to say that we haven't done our job as a school district. We're at a turning point right now, we're making some tough decisions and we know what it takes.

Several school districts and the Virginia School Boards Association are challenging the law.

The Governor's office had the following statement:

"The General Assembly made the policy decision last session that a means of last resort must be implemented to ensure every Virginia student receives the high quality education they deserve. If some want to sue to keep children in failing schools, that's incredibly disappointing. Virginia's parents and students deserve far better."


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