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