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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.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said there was bipartisan support in Maryland for starting school after Labor Day.

“Given the undeniable benefits of a post-Labor Day school start, it's no surprise that this initiative has garnered overwhelming support from Marylanders from across our state,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot

Two years ago, Franchot started a petition in Ocean City calling schools to start after Labor Day in hopes of lengthening Ocean City's summer tourism boom season. Franchot said his petition has over 25,000 signatures and bipartisan support in the General Assembly.

“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.

Franchot said the later school start would help boost Maryland’s tourism economy.

"It will give families throughout our state time to enjoy those final days of summer the way they were meant to be enjoyed," Franchot said, "whether it is taking that final vacation to the beach or the lake, visiting the Inner Harbor or catching an Orioles game, enjoying an evening at the Maryland State Fair, or just relaxing a bit at home."

Hogan also said the executive order will require schools to end by June 15, but will not reduce the state requirement of 180 school days.

School districts that do not want to wait until Labor Day to open can apply for a waiver with the state Board of Education.

Hogan said some schools, particularly in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, do not have air-conditioning and sometimes have to close schools on hot days. Hogan said starting school after labor day will save kids a week of going to school in hot weather, and cut energy cost on schools that do have air-conditioning.

“The action we're are taking today will help protect the traditional end of summer and

in addition, there are a number of economic, environmental, health and public safety benefits,” Hogan said.

 

 

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