The school system’s request to begin prior to Labor Day was denied Tuesday by the State Board of Education. Last week, the Prince George’s County Board of Education approved a school calendar with August 22 as the first day of school for students and June 6 as the last day of school along with a post-Labor Day calendar.
Last August, Gov. Hogan issued an executive order mandating local education agencies to develop a school calendar that starts after Labor Day and ends no later than June 15. To date, the primary rationale given for the executive order is the boost of tax revenue for Ocean City and the popularity of the proposal with the general public.
“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.”
“As Chief Executive Officer of the second-largest school district in the state, I am concerned about summer learning loss and our ability to schedule professional development and planning opportunities for teachers,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Maxwell. “More importantly, I am concerned about the basic needs that many families struggle to meet, such as regular nutritious meals and child care. We do not believe this mandate prioritizes children and families.”
To view a copy of the 2017-2018 school calendar, click here.