Repeal of "King's Dominion" law now headed to House of Delegates

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Senate panel killed a measure that would give all local school districts the option of starting the school year before Labor Day.

Despite that, Henrico County is still looking to start classes before the unofficial end of summer. Everyone on the Henrico school board supports the plan.

Now county school leaders are trying to apply for a waiver to start school before Labor Day. This decision comes just hours after a Senate panel voted down a repeal of the state's "King's Dominion" rule. That law has been in effect since the 1980s.

According to the Times-Dispatch, Henrico school leaders say starting classes earlier would help maximize student learning and boost performance on placement exams.

If the county is given the waiver, school would start on August 20.

Even though the repeal effort failed in a Senate committee, there's still another version that's being debated in the House of Delegates.

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