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Start school on a locally determined date

Every year, it seems, folks in the Free State encourage legislation that will force schools to start after Labor Day in order to extend summer by a week or two, the Carroll County Times reports.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot indeed seems to run a “one-man campaign” every year, but this year, he brought statistics—a $74.3 million increase in the economy if families could spend a little more time in Ocean City or at Deep Creek Lake—and a task force recommendation—an 11-4 vote to recommend the change—to the debate.

It was exciting, but all the school district superintendents gave the idea a thumbs-down. So did the state teachers’ union and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.

Add the Carroll County Times to the list: “Ultimately, it should be parents working in conjunction with school systems determining the best starting day for the new school year,” the paper’s editors write.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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