RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling cast tie-breaking votes Tuesday as the Senate passed two key components of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform agenda.
One of the bills requires the state Department of Education to grade schools on the same A-to-F scale used for students. The other establishes a state board to take over chronically failing schools. Both bills drew heavy Democratic opposition, resulting in 20-20 votes in the evenly divided Senate.