East Silver Spring Elementary School in Montgomery County

East Silver Spring Elementary School in Montgomery County

Last week’s announcement from Montgomery County’s school board of the 2018-2019 academic year calendar upset some parents and students who were displeased to see spring break shortened by two days. Board members, though, said the change was necessary due to the executive order from Governor Larry Hogan mandating that public schools in Maryland start after Labor Day and end by June 15. We discuss the decision to shorten spring break and look at the challenges local jurisdictions face when developing academic calendars.

WAMU Education coverage is supported in part by American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • Bethany Rodgers Reporter for Bethesda Beat where she covers Montgomery County schools; @BethRodgersBB
  • Patricia O'Neill Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education

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