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Appointments Made to Va. School Oversight Panel

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    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Five appointments have been made to a statewide school panel that can seize chronically underperforming schools.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the appointments to the Opportunity Educational Institution on Tuesday.

    The appointees include a former U.S. Education Department official, a representative of a small business lobby and the governor's director of legislative affairs.

    The appointments must be confirmed by the General Assembly.

    Legislation creating the Opportunity Educational Institution was a major component of McDonnell's 2013 education agenda. Proponents said a handful of schools have been allowed to fail for too long, shortchanging students who are entitled to a quality education.

    The Virginia School Boards Association and the Norfolk School Board have filed a lawsuit challenging the law. They contend the statute usurps authority granted to local school boards.