SILVER SPRING, Md. (WNEW/AP) — The first school bell of the year should not ring until after Labor Day, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot maintains, and now he’s planning to start a petition to see how many people agree with him.
Franchot will launch his campaign, “Let Summer Be Summer” in Ocean City Thursday, The Washington Post reports.
Earlier this year, Franchot praised a vote by a state task force recommending a longer summer break for Maryland students, saying it would be good for families and Maryland tourism businesses on the Eastern Shore and in western Maryland.
The comptroller says the beginning of the school year has been creeping in the wrong direction into summer.
Franchot notes that Worcester County on the Eastern Shore has decided to go back to starting school after Labor Day.
A Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates report last year found that extended the summer holiday would have a net effect of an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity.
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