We must be the last area of the country to start school. I used to think that everybody started school the day after Labor Day, but I've noticed that's no longer the case. The new trend seems to be to start the week before Labor Day.
We here in Virginia, though, are tied to the Kings Dominion law. So while the rest of the country is off and running, we're still arriving at the track. There are no waivers for our county. We rarely have bad weather and other than laptops for every student, we're not pushing the envelope of experimentation.
Though we're squeezing one more week out of the summer of 2008, we'll definitely be the last ones to start the summer of 09. Several weeks after SOL testing. Weeks of a much lighter load - or more honestly, not really doing much.
All because the entertainment and tourism industry managed to trump logic in education.
And so we wait.....