Maryland’s state board of education agreed this week to expedite school districts’ requests to start before Labor Day, contrary to an executive order by the state’s governor setting a post-Labor Day start date starting next school year.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this month issued the order to assist the state’s tourism industry, which benefits from families who vacationed through the end of August. But opponents to the move said it will take away academic time from students.
On Tuesday, the state board passed a resolution saying it would “expeditiously” approve waivers to the governor’s rule, according to the Associated Press.
Check out Education Week‘s most recent story on the pros and cons of starting school before Labor Day.
A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.