RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Senate has rejected Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendments to his bill allowing the state to take over perennially failing public schools.
As originally passed, six schools currently would be eligible for takeover by a newly created Educational Opportunity Institute. The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle of Hanover County, said the governor's amendments would tighten the criteria so that only four schools currently would qualify for takeover. The amendments also would allow a local school board to request that a school be transferred to state oversight.
The Senate voted 25-14 to reject the amendments. The bill now goes back to McDonnell in its original form.
Meantime, the House of Delegates voted 59-39 to reject McDonnell's budget amendment to add $450,000 to the $150,000 earmarked for the initiative.
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