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01/24/18 at 06:03am in The Kings Dominion Law
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We should just shut the schools down entirely and send our kids off to work earlier. Those energetic bodies are wasted sitting in classrooms, "learning," history, English, math, and art. You can't use those liberal BS stuff in the real world. Besides think of how much money they could bring back to their homes!

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01/27/18 at 01:45pm in The Kings Dominion Law (Latest Edit: 01/27/18 at 01:46pm by phurst.)
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I did get a good chuckle out of the local news post on Facebook about the "Kings Dominion" law, using a pic of ... not KD.

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01/27/18 at 06:04pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Ha! Fail.

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01/27/18 at 07:24pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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It is called the “Kings Dominion Law,” but both parks have actively lobbied to delay school opening dates. It is just as much about BGW as KD.

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01/28/18 at 01:24am in The Kings Dominion Law
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Nicole is absolutely right- the "Kings Dominion Law" nickname is a result of former Kings Dominion general manager Wilson Flohr, Jr being one of the most vocal of the law's original lobbyists.

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01/29/18 at 01:32am in The Kings Dominion Law
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The City of VA Beach is on record supporting is, as it is equally important for tourist season. Someone has to separate those good folks from land locked states from their money via the gift of city branded beer bongs, seashells, and saltwater taffee.

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01/29/18 at 07:37am in The Kings Dominion Law
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I mean, the trashy t-shirt economy is vital to the city's economy. "Big Johnson" shirts have to make up 20% of the city's tax income.
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01/31/18 at 11:20pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Pair of ‘Kings Dominion Law’ repeals pass Va. House

By Max Smith | @amaxsmith
January 30, 2018 1:29 pm

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s House of Delegates approved competing plans Tuesday to repeal the requirement that schools start after Labor Day.

The House voted 76-22 for a bill that would allow local school systems to start classes at any time, as long as students get at least a five-day weekend for Labor Day.
The House also voted 75-24 for a bill that would remove the legal restrictions entirely, and leave the decision up to local school boards.

The law that bars Virginia schools from opening before Labor Day without a waiver, known as the “Kings Dominion law,” has been supported by the tourism and hospitality industry as a way to boost business and keep high-school age employees for a few more weeks at the end of summer.

Having two bills approved by the House could improve the odds of the repeal moving forward in the Senate before the session ends March 10.

https://wtop.com/virginia/2018/01/pair-k...-va-house/
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02/03/18 at 11:29am in The Kings Dominion Law
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Personally, I moved to VA from a state without such laws in place. I am a little confused as to what the big deal with it is. Parks where I used to live, it was common to see schools start before Labor Day. But that state had hours limitations even when school wasn't in session, so they had to hire extra high school age employees anyways. It wasn't uncommon to see hours for the park shortened, less popular stands closed, and less popular rides rotate what was open.
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02/03/18 at 11:35am in The Kings Dominion Law
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Everyone I knew in public school started before Labor Day. I’m not sure I understand the passion around this debate either.

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02/03/18 at 03:11pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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When I lived on the west coast, schools always let out before Memorial Day and started up in mid-August. I feel like schools in VA should follow the same course of action. Standardized tests always take place in May anyway and there's a month afterwards where they don't really need to cover anything so most of the time they end up teaching stuff for the following school year anyway.

The parks are typically really slow toward the end of August anyway and they usually suffer from short staffing since college students are already in school at the time. Just have the parks open up in May when schools are let out and then when schools go back in session, go to weekend operations.

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02/03/18 at 03:41pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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now is has been a very long time since I was in high school, SOLs did not exist then, and of course I went to Norfolk Collegiate so it would have been OBE anyway, but isn't there more to school than standardized tests?

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02/03/18 at 04:55pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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(02/03/18 03:41pm)Zimmy Wrote:  now is has been a very long time since I was in high school, SOLs did not exist then, and of course I went to Norfolk Collegiate so it would have been OBE anyway, but isn't there more to school than standardized tests?

Back when I was in...yes. These days...doubt it. Anyways, it's nice to have the parks open with longer hours later, but is it really worth it? Schools could start a week sooner, build in snow days, let out earlier potentially, and the parks could make it up on the front end of the season.
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02/03/18 at 07:34pm in The Kings Dominion Law
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Schools are a lot more focused on standardized tests/AP exams now than they used to be. I was in school not long ago and there was a serious push to get high marks on those exams (if I recall, schools that perform better get more funding from the state). I'm personally not a huge fan of standardized tests but it seems to be the norm now.

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