Does Starting School Before Labor Day Affect High School Retention and Graduation: Evidence from Virginia's Kings Dominion Law
13 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 21, 2020
Several states have required K-12 public schools to start after Labor Day in an effort to aid the tourism and hospitality industry. However, little is known about how these policies impact educational outcomes. We examine the impact of Virginia's post-Labor Day school start law on high school retention and graduation rates. We use a difference-in-differences model to exploit exogenous variation in school division start dates. Our results show small differences of up to three weeks have little effect on high school dropout and graduation rates. Our findings inform the debate on post-Labor Day school start laws and compulsory attendance age cutoff laws.
Keywords: Labor Day School Start; Graduation Rates; Retention Rates; Age effects
JEL Classification: I20; I21; J29
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