Public schools in Virginia would get the same kind of report cards that their students get under a measure that moved forward in the state House Wednesday/
The House Education Committee voted 14-6 to develop a system that grades public schools on an A to F scale. That bill now goes to the House floor for a vote.
The grades are a major part of Governor Bob McDonnell's reform plan.
The committee also endorsed a bill 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, then return them to control of the local school division.
Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, opposed both bills. McClellan said she didn't think it was appropriate to judge historically high-achieving schools against those in poorer areas that struggle.
McClellan called the Opportunity Institution a "rush to judgment" that penalizes schools that would benefit from a more holistic reform effort.
Also today, the committee sent to the House floor a bill requiring teachers to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
And a bill allowing schools to open before Labor Day without state approval also advanced to the House floor.