I don't think anyone believes the bill is solely for Kings Dominion; however, I am certain they were a major driving force in getting the bill enacted.mwhinva said:Guys, the government dubbed the bill as the "Kings Dominion" law because of the parks close location to the capital of the state, Richmond. This was not a bill just for Kings Dominion. It was for ALL attractions across the state that employ high school aged folks during the summer tourist season. This includes Busch Gardens, parks, pools, beaches, resorts. Anyplace that staffed high school aged temporary workers during the summer months.
Yes, I believe school systems can request to start their school year earlier and the governor must approve; however, I don't think he would reject any request because the bill only really becomes a concern around the larger employers like Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens.mwhinva said:There are public school systems in the state that go back to school a couple weeks before labor day weekend. My co-worker has his kids in the Green county school system (county north of Charlottesville, VA). They started the school year on Monday, August 18th. Most counties/towns/cities in the western part of the state start school before Labor Day weekend. This is due to a greater chance of snow closings in the winter.
I actually kind of liked the idea of year round school, because you get four breaks per year essentially, and schools already have that. The difference the breaks are unevenly distributed. Winter is two weeks, Spring is one week, Fall is a weekend, Summer is months. Year round schools just evenly distributes the breaks.mwhinva said:A good number of places in North Carolina that have year round school. You go to school 14-16 weeks and then get 3-4 weeks off and then start the cycle over again. This includes going during part of the summer.
I'm pretty sure they stopped giving that assignment.MCMM said: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 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.Mazakman said: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/