By Tyler Waldman
Students advocating for a later end to summer vacation just got a little more ammo, courtesy of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.
At an event in Ocean City last week, Franchot released a report claiming a post-Labor Day start date for schools across the state could have $74.3 million in direct economic impact each year.
"In these tough economic times, we need to do all that we can to support small businesses and promote economic activity, not cause unnecessary harm to them for no apparent reason.”
Students return to school in Baltimore County starting Monday, Aug. 26, a bit later than in other parts of Maryland. The comptroller argues that starting later would give families more time to go to Ocean City, a Baltimore Orioles game or the Maryland State Fair.
In the release, Franchot suggested that school systems could eliminate planned closure dates or adjust winter and spring breaks to make the change without extending the school year into the summer.
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