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Charter school bill removing local authority defeated on House floor

On February 5, HB 2416 (Davis), which allows certain charter schools to appeal the denial of an application establish a charter school by a local school board to the Virginia Board of Education, was defeated on the House of Delegates floor on a vote of 62-37.

VACo has opposed this bill throughout its legislative journey, as did representatives from numerous school organizations, including the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). VACo continues to oppose any legislation that removes authority from local school boards and divisions to establish charter schools.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our multiple calls to action and contacted members of the House on this bill.

VACo Contact: Jeremy Bennett

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