Prince George's County Public Schools request to start the 2017- 2018 school year in August has been rejected.
In an 8-4 vote, the county school board chose to defy Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order mandating Maryland public schools have a post-Labor Day start.
But the state Board of Education denied a wavier for the early start and required the county to comply with the executive order.
“Under the governor’s mandate, local Boards of Education can no longer implement a school calendar that reflects the unique needs of their school districts,” said Dr. Segun C. Eubanks, Board of Education Chair. “I strongly believe a pre-Labor Day school calendar is best for Prince George’s County.”
Schools could end as late as June 15 if too many weather days are used during the school year.