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Shutdown of four Red Line Metro stations Labor Day weekend

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Trains to follow Sunday schedule on Labor Day

metro logoMetro riders must board shuttles on part of the Red Line through Monday to allow for the continuation of a waterproofing pilot program to reduce leaks in tunnels and for maintenance work, spokesperson Ron Holzer said.

Holzer said the shutdown is scheduled for Sept. 2 through 4 and Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

Buses replace trains between Twinbrook and Friendship Heights stations through closing Monday, officials said in a news release. White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed through Monday.

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Snow days could lengthen public school year

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The Board of Education voted to adopt its calendar for next school year at a meeting Tuesday, including two possible makeup days during spring break for “snow days.” 

School board president Michael Durso (District 5) said the school board members wanted to give families extra notice about the calendar.

“We understand how important it is for our families to have a calendar as soon as possible to begin planning their year,” said Durso.

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MCPS asks to start school earlier

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The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education is asking Gov. Larry Hogan (R) for a waiver to start classes before Labor Day next year.

On Monday, school board members directed the superintendent to request a waiver from the governor’s executive order.

If the waiver is approved, classes would begin Aug. 28, 2017, the Monday before Labor Day and the last day of school for students would be June 14, 2018, according to Board member Rebecca Smondrowski (District 2).

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School board directs MCPS superintendent to request calendar waiver

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The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education advised MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith in a resolution on Monday to request a waiver from the governor’s executive order so it can start classes before Labor Day next year. 

If the waiver is approved, classes would begin Aug. 28, 2017, the Monday before Labor Day, and the last day of school for students would be Thursday, June 14, 2018, according to Board member Rebecca Smondrowski (District 2). 

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Later school start day may allow more practice time for student athletes

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Student athletes may have more time to practice before the start of the 2017-2018 school year if Montgomery County Public Schools follows Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) executive order and opens after Labor Day.

While student athletes would still only have 20 days to practice before their first game of the fall sports season, no school days during the last week of August would allow coaches to schedule two practices in one day during that time, according to Gaithersburg football coach Kreg Kephart.

“To me as a coach, I probably wouldn’t mind it a whole lot,” Kephart said. “(It might mean) more summer practice and probably more two-a-days in.”

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Board members speak out against late school start

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Board of Education members said they oppose Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) executive order pushing back the start date for public schools to after Labor Day because they want local control over the school calendar.

“Maintaining local board authority on educational policies and administration is essential to the success of our public schools,” said Board of Education member Michael Durso (District 5).

School districts officials who want their districts to be exempt from the governor's new executive order can apply for a waiver with the state Board of Education.

“Local boards of education are best positioned to establish policies and operational processes, as well as to balance educational practices, academic needs of students, available resources, and community interests.”

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'Let Summer be Summer'

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Hogan echoes the sentiment with an executive order which pushes public school start date after Labor Day

MoCo 1st Day of SchoolPrincipal Cabell Lloyd of Meadow Hall Elementary School greets students on the first day of school.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said he wanted to "let summer be summer."

On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan granted Meehan's wish, signing an executive order mandating the state's public schools start after Labor Day. The executive order will take effect beginning at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Hogan said starting school after Labor Day will generate $74 million in economic activity citing a 2013 study done by the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates saying starting school after Labor Day will bring in $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million in state and local tax revenue.

“Starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day is not just a family issue – it’s an economic and public safety issue that draws clear, strong, bipartisan support among an overwhelming majority of Marylanders,” said Hogan at a news conference on Ocean City's boardwalk.

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