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08/29/14 at 08:24am in The Kings Dominion Law
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(08/26/14 08:43am)MCMM Wrote:  I went to high school in Newport News and I'm pretty sure our only summer assignment was to not stab a fellow classmate over the summer. That and maybe ready a book or two.

I'm pretty sure they stopped giving that assignment.
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09/22/14 at 11:34pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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(08/26/14 08:43am)MCMM Wrote:  I went to high school in Newport News and I'm pretty sure our only summer assignment was to not stab a fellow classmate over the summer. That and maybe ready a book or two.
I bet a lot of people failed that assignment.
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09/23/14 at 05:05am in The Kings Dominion Law
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Here's an older article that I stumbled upon from Labor Day. Interesting that BGW and WCUSA refused to comment on attendance. I dont see the harm in commenting on whether the final weekend attendance at the park is good or bad statistically. Afraid to show their support of the KD law maybe? I guess it could offend somebody. http://wtvr.com/2014/08/27/does-amusemen...k-schools/

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10/01/14 at 10:31pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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(09/23/14 05:05am)Mazakman Wrote:  Here's an older article that I stumbled upon from Labor Day. Interesting that BGW and WCUSA refused to comment on attendance. I dont see the harm in commenting on whether the final weekend attendance at the park is good or bad statistically. Afraid to show their support of the KD law maybe? I guess it could offend somebody.  http://wtvr.com/2014/08/27/does-amusement-park-attendance-justify-holding-back-schools/
I remember the last article pointed out that AB made large contributions to politicians as well as free admission tickets. They always seem to like to keep those things more of a secret than I feel is necessary.
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01/30/15 at 12:15am in The Kings Dominion Law (Latest Edit: 01/30/15 at 12:37am by MAZ.)
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Here we go again.
http://wydaily.com/2015/01/29/local-legi...localnews/

LeMunyon whatever, is comparing our schedules to those in Florida. Saying 'they don't use this system and the sun still rises'. Their parks are not limited to seasonal operation. You cant even compare the two at all from an economic standpoint. Why do I understand this and he does not? I don't even get paid to understand this stuff!

Edit.. The comments are surprisingly intelligent also.

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01/30/15 at 12:57am in The Kings Dominion Law (Latest Edit: 01/30/15 at 01:03am by Matthew.)
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Awwwww I feel so bad for those poor school administrators having to craft a schedule around this law. Poor them, having to do their jobs and everything, such a rough life.

So, the state has been able to work with this law for years and years on end now, everything has worked itself out, but now we have to change it because schedule-makers want their jobs to be easier? Also, somehow my school system manages to go three extra days of school(183) in the alotted time period that every other school-system does 180. This just sounds like a bunch of complaining from lazy, tedious people.

Another thing, that time after the end of year tests is very useful, as most of the time we get taught a pre-unit for the course coming up next year.
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03/02/15 at 07:20pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Looks like the KD law stands for at least the rest of 2015. The article states that the repeal of the law has repeatedly been shot down by legislators over the years. http://www.insidenova.com/news/local/nor...963f4.html

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03/11/15 at 11:00am in The Kings Dominion Law
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My friend is a high school teacher who grew up in Ohio and she loves to rant about how late a start VA school systems get. Mostly because she teaches AP classes, and the AP tests are nationally scheduled. So those school districts that start the year earlier get more instructional time before the test date, tend to do better, etc.

I can see her point, but as someone who grew up in the South and knows how important the tourism industry is in this area . . . eh whatever. It's brutal to sit in a classroom in the August heat.
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03/11/15 at 11:19am in The Kings Dominion Law (Latest Edit: 03/11/15 at 11:19am by MAZ.)
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I see and understand both sides of it also. I support the law. I support summer break as I had while growing up. I support being allowed to learn at your own pace within reason. I do not support federal testing used to 'judge and compare' kids and their teachers. This is useless to the kids who are smart, and only hinders the slower learning kids and their teachers. I will never support these tests. I have my values, and the tests go against them. Just the word 'standardized' makes my spine quiver. We are not robots and neither are our kids.

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04/24/17 at 05:01pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Here is the latest attempt to dismember the 'kings dominion law'. Fail.....again. Long live summer!

https://www.google.com/amp/www.vagazette...y,amp.html

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04/24/17 at 11:58pm in The Kings Dominion Law (Latest Edit: 04/24/17 at 11:59pm by Kyle.)
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If only this existed in Hawaii, we were out of prison school in late May, but we went right back in mid-July. Then again, we did get more days off. I feel bad for the students still stuck in that awful school system.
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09/01/17 at 07:38pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Kings Dominion closed for three days this week - first time in decades before Labor Day
By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN Richmond Times-Dispatch 08/31

Kings Dominion closed for three days this week — the first time in at least three decades that the theme park had scheduled closings before Labor Day.

The northern Hanover County theme park, which championed a change in state law that bans schools in Virginia from opening before Labor Day without a waiver, didn’t operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday .

It opens Friday and will be opened through the Labor Day holiday weekend, as well as certain weekends this fall.

Kings Dominion said closing the park for the three days had been posted on its website since the spring.

“There are numerous factors that go into planning the operating schedule each year and the planning is typically done a year in advance,” spokeswoman Katelyn Sherwood said in an email. “During that time, we decided it was best to be open this past Monday (Aug. 28) and Friday (Sept. 1) through Monday of Labor Day weekend.”

Sherwood didn’t elaborate on why the park decided to close for the three consecutive days.

Virginia’s other major theme park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, also was closed on Tuesday, according to its website. A park representative said Friday that Busch Gardens was closed that day because of inclement weather.

Before a 1986 state law went into effect that bans schools from opening before Labor Day, Kings Dominion often closed in late August because it didn’t have enough teens to work at the park, said Wilson H. Flohr Jr., the park’s executive vice president and general manager from 1984 to 1998.

Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens opened in May 1975.

“We had to close the week before Labor Day because we could not staff the park to maintain our safety and cleanliness standards,” Flohr said, referring to the time before the state law went into effect. “We had to turn away thousands of guests — mostly tourists from the Northeast because schools didn’t start there until after Labor Day.”

Having enough workers available as the summer wound down was a key reason why Kings Dominion and other tourist attractions convinced state legislators to change the law. The law got nicknamed the Kings Dominion relief bill as a result.

“It is a tourism effort and it expands the tourism season as long as possible to accommodate travelers from states that traditionally open their schools after Labor Day,” Flohr said of the need for keeping the ban on opening schools before Labor Day.

Flohr said he didn’t know why Kings Dominion decided to close for three days this week — but he pointed out that the park is not closed for the season.

“It wouldn’t be proper for me to comment on why. I certainly am not privy to their attendance trends,” he said.

Some state lawmakers have tried changing the law, but it has become a somewhat futile and perennial exercise.

Proponents have argued that starting public school sooner provides educational benefits to students. Opponents, including tourism organizations and the hotel and restaurant industry, have maintained that there is no benefit and note how an extended summer boosts their bottom line.


Eric Terry, president of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, said an economic impact study conducted a couple of years ago showed starting schools early would have a $360 million negative impact on the state’s tourism industry. The group is in the process of updating the figures.

“If you are going to negatively impact the economy and the desperately needed taxes, it doesn’t make sense (to start schools early) if there are is not a valid reason for it,” Terry said.

Starting schools after Labor Day helps all tourists designations, not just Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens, he said.

“All of our tourist designations really rely on the full tourism season,” Terry said. “Our tourism season is very compact from Memorial Day to Labor Day and if you change that dynamic, you really hurt the season.”

State law allows local school districts to open before Labor Day if they get a waiver from the state Board of Education.

Of Virginia’s 132 school districts, 85 have received a waiver allowing them to open before Labor Day, according to the state Department of Education.

That means about 65 percent of the nearly 1.3 million students will return to school before Labor Day, department spokesman Charles Pyle said.

Of the 85 divisions receiving a waver this academic year, 52 received one because of the number of days closed on average last year because of weather and other emergencies, he said.

School districts receiving waivers this year include Fairfax, Albemarle, Goochland, Loudoun, Prince William, Louisa and Caroline counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Roanoke and Winchester.

Source: http://www.richmond.com/business/local/k...a1fff.html
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09/02/17 at 06:24pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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For 4-5 years I actually made sure to go during the last week of August simply because I had discovered how empty the park tended to be. However, since this was after work and they closed at 7 PM last year on the 3 days in question I couldn't do it last year. As to slack, I'm talking about there being more cars in the employee lot than the guest lot. Solo rides on FoF etc. As wonderful as that can be to enjoy, it's obviously not sustainable. Not many know, because so few were there to see.
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