This week, Governor Hogan introduced the Universal School Start Act of 2020, which would require that Maryland public schools begin after Labor Day.
HB 743/SB 558, would repeal legislation from last year, allowing all of Maryland’s 24 individual school boards to be in charge of their own start and end dates. The bill would also codify Governor Hogan’s executive order from 2016 for schools to complete the 180 days that are required under state law and begin after Labor Day.
From the Governor’s Press Release:
“We have taken a lot of actions over the past five years, but I can’t think of a single one that has more widespread, enthusiastic support across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “But after two years of it working very well, and after the 2018 election was completed, last year in 2019 special interests snuck a bill in and legislators reversed himself and ignored the people again by reversing this common sense action with a misguided piece of legislation, which has the potential to cause mass confusion this fall and in future years with a potential for 24 different start dates spread over several weeks.”
The Governor also posted this Youtube video on the timeline of Maryland school start dates: