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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Like a prizefighter slumped in the corner of the ring, West Virginia’s embattled education reform law will have to answer another bell in coming weeks.

The West Virginia Education Association announced Wednesday it intends to sue the state over the recent passage of a bill, which it says is unconstitutional while going beyond the will of the people.

“Well, we think the whole thing violates West Virginia’s Constitution,” WVEA President Dale Lee said Wednesday from the union’s headquarters in Charleston.

The president referred to a statement the union released earlier.

Said statement decried the legislation for: “its ‘single object’ provision of bills; the ‘thorough and efficient’ public education requirement; the establishing of new boards to govern charter schools; the lack of voter approval for a number of things associated with charter schools; and the ‘void of vagueness’ doctrine.”

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