Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order last week requiring the state’s public schools to start after Labor Day beginning in 2017. Similar to Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law,” the adjustment was motivated by a desire to drive increased tourism spending in the state, especially in places like Ocean City, where the order was announced. But local educators oppose a later start date, saying it will hurt students, especially lower-income kids, who suffer from an achievement gap and whose parents are less likely to be able to afford extra child care. Kojo explores the impact of a post-Labor Day school start date on Maryland’s schools.


  • Michael Durso President, Montgomery County Board of Education
  • Theresa Mitchell Dudley President, Prince George's County Educators' Association

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