VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A husband and wife in Virginia are suing the state over requirements that their vocational school must be certified.

Jon and Tracy McGlothian filed their lawsuit against the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in federal court on Monday.

The couple runs The Mt. Olivet Group in Virginia Beach. The company teaches project management and sewing.

The McGlothians allege that certification requirements violate their constitutional rights to free speech. The couple claims bureaucrats with no expertise in project management or sewing have refused to grant certification or approve curricula.

The couple has teamed up with the Institute for Justice, an Arlington-based firm that aims to limit the size and scope of government power.

Laura Osberger, a spokeswoman for the state council, declined to comment because the litigation is pending.


This article has been updated to correct the name of the couple's company. It is The Mt. Olivet Group, not the Mount Olive Group.