The Maryland Senate Bill (SB128 – 2019) titled “County Boards of Education – School Year – Start and End Dates” passed yesterday with a final vote of 31 to 13. This bill to allow local school boards to determine their own start dates and would overturn Governor Hogan’s executive order that went into effect in 2017, requiring Maryland schools to open after Labor Day.
Here is a recap of the vote in the Senate:
Governor Hogan was not thrilled with this initiative and vote…and posted the following on Facebook:
He then followed that up with this post:
To add some local information on this topic…State Senators Hester, Lam and Guzzone all voted yes on SB 128. Senator Hester posted the following on Facebook yesterday:
I have been on the fence with this issue. I no longer have a child in the public school system…so it is really not my issue any longer.
I understand the want to have local control over issues like this…but I also have seen how local control does not always mean better results (those of us in Howard County watching the actions of the school systems and HoCoBOE in the past know that all to well).
I also understand that if 70% of residents of Maryland support starting after Labor Day…then maybe starting after Labor Day is the way to go.
This bill now goes to the House of Delegates…where I would expect to see it pass as well.
Then it will go to the Governor to sign…where he will (I expect) veto it…then we will watch the veto override vote.
Governor Hogan has said if the post-Labor Day start date is overturned, he would work to put it on the ballot for voters to decide. I personally love this option…let the voters decide on this issue!!!
What are your thoughts on the school start dates? Do you believe in local control on this issue or do you like everyone starting after Labor Day?