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Post-Labor Day School Start Dead In The Water

April 15th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Barring an executive order from the governor,  it now appears the drive for a mandated statewide post-Labor Day start to the public school year in Maryland is dead in the water. The session ended at midnight Monday with the bill, pushed for by Comptroller Peter Franchot since last summer failing to get out of committee.  Franchot, who says he believes a post labor day start is good for families as well as for tourism and the economy, began a petition drive last August and ultimately garnered strong support- including that of Governor Larry Hogan, but in the end it wasn’t enough. While there was strong support from most parts of state, it was not popular in western Maryland with Allegany County School Superintendent David Cox and Garrett Superintendent Janet Wilson voicing opposition- primarily because of the large number of days already lost in this region to winter conditions. Dr. Cox tells WCBC News his main concern centered on making sure there is adequate preparation time for assessments…


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