Roller Coaster Law

Virginia's theme parks have ruled over the state's academic calendar since 1986, when lobbyists for the state tourism industry helped usher through a bill prohibiting public schools in the state from opening before Labor Day, ensuring that kids would never have to choose between homework and roller coasters before the first Monday of September. Known locally as the "Kings Dominion Law" (or perhaps some prefer "Busch Gardens Law" as the rides there are really much smoother), Virginia isn't the only state catering to amusement park interests. A similar law exists in Michigan, and Maryland is considering adopting something like it. Wonder what their SOL scores are.

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