School calendar; opening day of the school year. Makes local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and determining the opening day of the school year and eliminates the post-Labor Day opening requirement and "good cause" scenarios for which the Board of Education may grant waivers of this requirement. The bill requires local school boards that set the school calendar with a pre-Labor Day opening date, except those schools that were granted a "good cause" waiver for the 2017-2018 school year, to close all schools in the division from (i) the Thursday immediately preceding Labor Day through Labor Day or (ii) the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day through the Tuesday immediately succeeding Labor Day.Legislative Information System of Virginia HB372 details.
|February 19th||Public Comments (Pro):|
Several Members of the public spoke in strong support of the bill, citing studies and policies in other states that have led to improved education.
The Superintendents Association also spoke in support of the bill.
The Virginia Educations Association also spoke in support of the bill.
The Virginia School Boards Association also spoke in support of the bill.
Federation of Teachers of Virginia also spoke in support of the bill.
Public Comments (Con):
The Virginia Food and Lodging Association spoke in opposition to the bill.
The Greater Williamsburg commerce and Tourism Alliance spoke in opposition to the bill.
Senator Chase spoke in strong support of the bill, arguing that potential losses in tourism should not take precedent over the education of young Virginia.
Senators Suetterlein and Howell spoke in strong support of the bill, stating that this bill comes up every year and that hopefully this is the year that the interests of students are put in front of special interests.
Senator Petersen spoke echoed this strong support, arguing that the House just passed this after an election cycle and that the Senate should keep up on this issue.
Senator Lucas Spoke in opposition to the bill, explaining that sometimes the best interest of Virginias children is increasing and growing the economy.
Passed by for the Year
Continued to 2019 Session.
|January 24th||Patron Comments:|