NORFOLK, Va. -

Governor Bob McDonnell stood outside a Norfolk school Tuesday, but not to celebrate its excellence. He was defending a new law that could allow the state to take over failing schools like the one he visited.

The Virginia School Boards Association says the law is unconstitutional and the group has announced plans for a legal challenge.

"The time for accepting the status quo of failing schools is over," McDonnell said. "It is a disservice to the young people in Virginia and their parents, if every child in every school district doesn't have access to a world class education with a great teacher."

McDonnell said he is confident the courts will uphold one of his key education reforms.