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Schools would be graded like kids on A-to-F scale

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The House of Delegates has passed legislation that would assign letter grades to public schools in Virginia just as teachers grade students from A to F.

The bill, a conspicuous piece of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education reforms, won final House passage Monday on a bipartisan 54-40 vote with six delegates not voting.

A similar bill easily won Senate committee backing last week and is due for a final floor vote Tuesday.

The Senate also voted 40-0 to pass McDonnell’s bill revamping teacher evaluation and grievance procedures. The House passed the bill last week.

Also Monday, the House gave preliminary approval to a McDonnell-backed proposal to create an Opportunity Educational Institution to take over failing schools. An 11-member board would oversee efforts to restore the schools to full accreditation.

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