Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, has introduced proposed legislation that would return all of the state’s public schools to a post-Labor Day start.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the state’s public schools began after Labor Day for the first time. Then, the Democratic controlled legislature passed legislation in 2019 to allow counties to start school on different dates, including before Labor Day. Post-Labor Day start dates have the support of Governor Hogan and Democrat Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is running to succeed him in the 2022 election.
The Governor’s proposed Universal School Start Act of 2020 would repeal what the Governor calls the “irresponsible action” by the General Assembly and “restores what the overwhelming majority of Marylanders want and have been demanding.”