For those not aware, the law requires Virginia school districts to start their year after Labor Day, which means no school until well into September. That apparently gives a boost to Virginia’s tourism industry.
I have always supported repeal. First, our school calendar should not be dictated by any industry. Second, with national standardized testing in May, our kids receive less actual learning time than their peers in other states. Third, the summer break is already TOO LONG. (take it from a father of 4 kids).
And, yes, my family is a major consumer of Virginia tourism with annual trips to Virginia Beach, southwest Virginia and various amusement parks.
Of course, Virginia has recognized the onerous nature of the law by granting waivers to 77 school districts, which are mostly small and rural. All the major ones (Fairfax, Prince William, Virginia Beach) are still trapped under the existing law. So this is having a continuing impact on the majority of our kids.
Apparently a bill will come over from the House, so we will get a second chance to get this right. Like the “Sunday hunting” ban, the “Kings Dominion” law is an anachronism.
2012 is a good year to get rid of it.