ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan announced, Wednesday, he will sign an executive order to require schools to start after Labor Day beginning with the 2017/2018 school year. The announcement came as all students in the state, except for those in Ocean City, started back before Labor Day this year.
The executive order will require the state's public schools to complete 180 days and end the school year on June 15th.
“I’m kind of happy about it because going back early kind of interfered with our vacation plans,” said Richard Scales as he picked his daughter up from Oxon Hill Middle School.
“We have family in Delaware that we can’t really stay at the beach with because when everyone else is there that’s the week we go back to school, I think this is going to be really good,” expressed Gerre Isom, another Oxon Hill Middle School parent.
Most parents and students told DCW50 they were thrilled and so are a lot of businesses, especially in tourist areas. Governor Hogan said extending summer vacation will pump more than $70 million dollars into Maryland’s economy, but still the fight over the issue has dragged on for years.
“The public really has been demanding it for a long time, but the Teachers Union stopped it from happening,” Hogan said in Ocean City, Wednesday.
And some businesses said they actually do better when students are in school. “Almost no comparison for the first week of school, we were thoroughly crushed with students in the store,” explained a manager at Bagel Place.
One point the Governor made Wednesday, was starting school later will have health benefits for those who go to school in buildings that do not have air conditioning.
Nancy Wilson is a cafeteria worker for Prince George’s County Public Schools and she agrees, “In August it is just terrible! It is hot and the air conditioner broke at Northwestern High School so it is like we are working in those difficult conditions,” Wilson said.
A number of superintendents are not pleased with the executive order.
Montgomery County Schools officials released a statement Wednesday: http://news.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/staff-bulletin/board-of-education/the-decision-around-school-calendars-should-remain-local/