The issue of school-start dates is coming up in both the Delaware and Maryland General Assemblies. In Delaware, State Senator Gerald Hocker, a Republican out of Ocean View, is urging constituents to attend a meeting next week at Legislative Hall, where the Education Committee will meet to discuss Senate Bill 161, which would require public schools to start after Labor Day. In Maryland, Comptroller Peter Franchot will testify in favor of a similar bill – House Bill 1349 – next week. There are many studies that show that when schools start before Labor Day the economy takes a significant hit, due to the effect on tourism.
Maryland Comptroller Franchot will deliver testimony on HB 1349 on Monday, March 14, at 1 p.m., at the House Ways & Means Committee Hearing in the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis. In Delaware, the Education Committee will meet to discuss the legislation on Wednesday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m., in the Senate Hearing Room at Legislative Hall in Dover.