Bid to Start School Year Early Dies in Virginia General Assembly

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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Bid to Start School Year Early Dies in Virginia General Assembly

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Virginia schools will not be allowed to start the school year before Labor Day.

A bill to do away with the "King's Dominion Law" died in subcommittees at the General Assembly, WTOP reported.

The state's two largest school systems, Fairfax and Prince William counties, have both expressed interest in a late August start to the school year. The scheduling move would provide additional class time along with the ability to bank time in case of snow days.

A survey done in Fairfax County shows 64 percent of the parents and 71 of employees favor the earlier start.

The "King's Dominion Law" protects the commonwealth's tourism industry, including King's Dominion. Tourism officials say starting school before Labor Day takes away some of its seasonal workforce and customers early.

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