Loophole Discovered on School Scheduling Requirement

BALTIMORE (AP) — Some Maryland school board members say they have found a loophole to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to start all public schools after Labor Day.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state board members learned on Tuesday the law fails to define a category of schools that could receive an “at-risk” waiver. State school board director of leadership and development Tiara Booker-Dwyer says there isn’t a state definition for an at-risk school.

Last summer, Hogan announced the requirement that all public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. Before the mandate, only Worcester County schools consistently started after Labor Day.

On Tuesday, board members asked staff to research further whether an official definition of at-risk schools had ever been established. Findings will be reported at next month’s meeting.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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