Mike Sluss reports that the Virginia Senate voted 22-18 to pass legislation that would allow Roanoke and Salem to start school before Labor Day.
Here’s Mike’s description of what the bill does:
House Bill 1463 could allow Roanoke to begin classes before Labor Day without getting a waiver from the state board of education. Roanoke does not have enough weather-related school closings to qualify for a waiver that would allow the city to begin classes before the early September holiday. Del. Bill Cleaveland, R-Botetourt County, is the bill’s sponsor.
The narrowly tailored bill would allow a school system to open before Labor Day if it is surrounded by a locality that has a waiver from the state. In its current form, the bill would enable Roanoke and Salem to open their schools before Labor Day if they choose.
You can Virginia’s Legislative Information System to track the bill’s past progress — including lists of who voted how along the way.
The bill now goes back to the House for consideration of a small amendment, but looks to be eventually headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk.