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All MD Public Schools Could Be Forced To Start School After Labor Day

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MARYLAND - All Maryland public school students could be heading back to school a little later. This after a state appointed task force voted 11 - 4 in favor of a post-Labor Day start. The task force will recommend the change to the governor and general assembly during the next session.

"Once they come back from summer, then they don't want to go to school already. Then having a break, then having to go back after Labor Day is pretty inconsistent. It's like a start, stop, start, stop kind of thing. So I think it will be nice," Alyssa Cannon of Salisbury, Md. said.

As for this fall Worcester County is the first and only school system in Maryland that will start on September 2nd. Proponents saying it will help boost the tourism industry on the shore. Last year, the Comptroller's Office conducted an economic impact study on the possibility of a later start date.

"We found that there would be about $80 million in new economic activity based on moving the school day," Comptroller Peter Franchot said.  

But a later start date also means a later end date.

"Last winter was kind of intense--a lot of snow days. So kids could possibly be going to school until mid-June or something, so that would suck too," Abigail Rickwood of Salisbury, Md. said.

A sacrifice others seem willing to make.

"Yeah, that's fine. No problem with that at all," Cannon said.

The economic impact study found that the post-labor day start date would generate more than $14 million for Ocean City.

The Maryland Department of Education says the task force will complete a report sometime in the next month.

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