Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Legislative Alert - Labor Day Bill

Contact your Delegates TODAY to urge them to support HB 1063.  This bill will repeal the so-called King's Dominion law that prohibits school boards from starting school before Labor Day.  HB 1063 will allow each local school board to set the school calendar and determine the opening date of the school year.  A local school board is in the best position to set its own calendar and to determine a start date that is best for the students and community.  It is a decision best made by local officials.  Mandating that schools start after Labor Day forces schools to miss valuable instructional time before nationally-normed tests such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, which can begin in early May.  This mandate places the interests of the tourism and hospitality industries ahead of the interests of students and education, without allowing local boards to weigh these interests. 

Urge your Delegates to support HB1063!