MD Educators Oppose Later Start Date For Public Schools - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

MD Educators Oppose Later Start Date For Public Schools

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MARYLAND - Three groups representing Maryland educators are objecting to a recommendation that public schools should open after Labor Day.

A letter was sent to Governor Martin O' Malley Tuesday, about concerns that a later start date would have an impact on student achievement.

Last month, a legislative task force sent their recommendation to O'Malley in favor of a delay. But leaders of the Maryland State Education Association, the Public Schools Superintendents Association of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education say the recommendation was based on purely economic reasons.

A member of the task force tells 47 ABC, it won't affect the quality of education.

"We didn't think that moving the school date back in some cases six or seven instructional days, in some cases three or four instructional days, would affect the scores that the state has received. Now that school's starting on August 20, that means that teachers go back to school the week before, and thus cutting the summer vacation by almost two full weeks. And I don't think that's right for the kids, I don't think that's right for the teachers," Greg Shockley of the Maryland Tourism Board said.

It's now up to the next governor to move this forward. He can introduce it as an administrative bill, or individual legislators can sponsor a bill. Delaware is also looking at the possibility of a later start date. Virginia already starts school after Labor Day.

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