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Franchot Calling For Schools To Start After Labor Day

August 19th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's comptroller is calling for schools to start after Labor Day in hopes of boosting the state's economy, citing a report projecting a delay in beginning the school year could result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity. The report by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates projected that delaying the first day of school would result in $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue. Franchot, a Democrat, said he is confident that Maryland school systems would not have to reduce the 180-day school year to adjust for a later start. He said Maryland's 24 school systems could be left with flexibility to adjust winter and spring breaks or eliminating some of the school closure dates throughout the school calendar. The comptroller's office also noted that the fiscal impact of a later school start only includes direct economic benefit. A greater economic benefit would be realized through indirect and induced activity…





 

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