ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Latest on Gov. Larry Hogan signing an executive order to require Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day (all times local):
Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to require Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day is drawing swift criticism from opponents.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday shortly after Hogan’s announcement that using an executive order is “legally questionable.”
Miller, a Democrat, says it would have been more appropriate for the Republican governor to push for legislation and work with education experts and local officials around the state.
Miller also says the governor’s announcement with Comptroller Peter Franchot by his side “appears like political gamesmanship.”
Hogan, for his part, says the change is popular with Maryland residents.
The governor also is noting that a nonpartisan task force in 2014 voted 12-3 to recommend that schools begin after Labor Day.
Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to require Maryland public schools to start after Labor Day.
The Republican governor signed the order on the Ocean City Boardwalk on Wednesday.
Hogan says the policy will take effect next year. It also will require the school year to end by June 15.
Hogan made the announcement with Comptroller Peter Franchot and local officials. The governor says the change will have economic benefits by extending the summer holiday season. He also says it will help prevent disruptions when schools without air conditioning are forced to cancel classes when it’s too hot.
Legislation in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to push back the start of school has stalled in recent years. School superintendents have opposed the idea.
Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Ocean City to make an announcement about the starting date of Maryland schools in future years.
A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. The governor declined to discuss details about the announcement when asked Tuesday, and a spokesman for the comptroller also wouldn’t elaborate. However, both officials have supported starting school after Labor Day.
Franchot released a YouTube video on Monday with Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan talking about the positive aspects of a later school start.
Supporters of starting school after Labor Day say extending summer vacation by between five and 10 days would increase family time and help small businesses that would benefit from a boost in tourism. But school superintendents have been opposed to the idea.