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Eastern Shore Lawmakers Look Into Post-Labor Day Start Date

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DELMARVA - "We know that it does have a dramatic effect on us," says Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.  He's just one local leader looking to change the start date for Maryland schools to after Labor Day.

But time is ticking, and one year has passed since Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot first kicked off his "Line In The Sand" campaign, and it won't be until June 1st that Maryland will finally launch a task force, just to consider the change.

Some think pushing the school year back to after Labor Day would let families spend more time at resort towns across the shore, possibly bringing in extra money to some of the businesses.

When it comes to Labor Day, Mike Cantine, an Ocean City business owner says "they call it the official end of summer, but I see them leaving typically a week or so or even earlier than that."

A week in August for Ocean City means about $5 million in state and local revenue.

Senator Jim Mathias, who backed the bill, says it's about more than just money, telling WMDT "most importantly, it's about Marylanders being able to vacation together as a family, and additionally, be able to drive business and the like."

Educators continue to stress their concern that a later start would leave less time for teachers to prepare seniors for state-wide testing in October.
The Maryland report is due by next June.

Delaware Senator Gerald Hocker recently proposed legislation for a similar task force in the First State.

That report would be due by January 2014.



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