A Maryland state school board member has quit in the wake of Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day.
S. James Gates Jr., a University of Maryland professor, resigned last week, saying the order has the potential to damage students. He also suggested that Hogan’s order challenges the independence of the board.
Hogan signed the order in August, requiring all public schools to start classes after Labor Day and end by June 15. The Republican later amended the order, narrowing the conditions under which most districts could get a waiver from the mandate.
Hogan called local school board officials who have raised concerns “whiny.”
A version of this article appeared in the November 02, 2016 edition of Education Week as Md. Board Member Resigns Over Opening-Day Order