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Local School Board likely to apply for pre-Labor day waiver

October 12th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan has revised an executive order on requiring public schools to start after Labor Day. The revised order issued Tuesday adds details on how schools can apply for waivers. It also requires local school boards to hold a public meeting where the waiver application is considered and approved. The governor's initial order allowed for waivers with "compelling justification." The revised order elaborates on what qualifies. That includes waivers for an innovative school schedule for certain low-performing schools or at-risk schools. During Tuesday's meeting of the Allegany County School Board, Superintendent David Cox said he anticipated the board voting as early as its November meeting to request the waiver. Cox has opposed the post Labor Day start from day one, saying that the system would lose valuable test preperation time that could not be recovered. 


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