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Maryland Lawmakers OK Bill to Let Local School Boards Choose School Start Dates

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The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to a measure to let local school boards decide when school starts.

A final vote by the Senate on Monday sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has opposed the bill. The House and Senate passed the measure with enough votes to override a veto by the governor.

Hogan signed an executive order in 2016 to require schools to start after Labor Day.

Supporters of the governor say longer summer breaks give families more time together, but critics say it shortchanges education. Others say different jurisdictions have different calendar demands.

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