War Over School Calendar Intensifies: ‘Marylanders Will Have the Final Say’

The State House debate over whether the school year in Maryland should start after Labor Day reached a fevered pitch Thursday. Voting along party lines, the state Senate gave preliminary approval to legislation from Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Chair Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) that would empower local school districts to determine when schools should open. Moments earlier, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) vowed to mount a multi-layered defense of his 2016 executive order mandating that schools everywhere open after Labor Day. It has become a political test of wills for Hogan and the Democrats who control the General Assembly, belying leaders’ regular contention that Maryland does not experience the partisan food fights that have paralyzed the federal government. (Md. Matters)

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