Monday, February 4, 2013
House and Senate both consider bills to let Virginia schools open before Labor Day.
Monday, February 4
By Kristen Smith, Capital News Service The House and Senate are headed in different directions when it comes to repealing Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law,” which generally prevents public schools from opening before Labor Day. On Monday the House will consider approving a bill — a combination of a bill first introduced by McLean-area Del. Barbara Comstock — that would make local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and authorize them to start classes before Labor Day. However, a Senate committee last week defeated a bill to eliminate the King’s Dominion law. The Senate Education and Health Committee voted 4-11 Thursday against Senate Bill 1099, which was sponsored by two senators from Roanoke – Republican Ralph Smith …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Fairfax County School Board supports legislators' proposal to repeal, or make better exceptions to, "King's Dominion law."
Sunday, January 20
By Erica R. Hendry and Kristen Smith, Capital News Service Lawmakers across Virginia are pushing a half-dozen bills this legislative session to let public schools start classes before Labor Day. Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, is among legislators sponsoring bills to repeal Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law,” which prevents local schools from opening before Labor Day unless they get special permission from the state. Kory’s proposal, House Bill 1491, “makes local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and determining the opening day of the school year.” Currently, school boards can start classes before Labor Day only if they show “good cause” (such as a history of snow-related school closings) and get a waiver from the …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Virginia’s proposed budget to hit the Senate floor Monday morning.
Mark Keam shined some light on a dreary Saturday morning for constituents at the Vienna Town Hall Chambers. The 35th District delegate brought news of a likely budget after the General Assembly ended its regular session without one. Keam said Virginia runs on a biannual budget, which will begin July 1 and end June 30, 2014. “One unusual thing is we were unable to pass a budget,” Keam said during the town hall meeting stating he would not have definitive numbers until Tuesday at the earliest. “We’re in a special session now and we’re back on track to pass a budget.” The town hall meeting served as a debriefing from the General Assembly, which ran from January through March. Keam spoke with constituents about the backdrop for many of the …