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Bill Would Have School Start After Labor Day

March 8th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

For some Maryland families, going away for Labor Day weekend can be difficult when their children’s schools start before the holiday. But beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, local school systems would not start until after Labor Day, if Senate Bill 767 passes. State Senator James Mathias Jr, who sponsored the bill, says that children and students should be able to travel with families around this entire state and not have to cut a family vacation short. This is the second year that Mathias, a former mayor of Ocean City, has pushed for the change. Last year, he along with Comptroller Peter Franchot, then-Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan said they supported lengthening summer vacation for students as a way to help small businesses with a boost in tourism-related revenue. The concept is not for everyone however as Allegany County Superintendent of Schools Dr David Cox opposes the legislation. He says losing the additional days at the start of the school year could cause any number of problems…


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