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Report: Later School Start Would Help Md. Economy

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Maryland's comptroller is calling on schools to start after Labor Day, citing a new report that estimates it could provide an economic boost.

The report released Thursday by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects that delaying the first day of school would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity. That includes $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

Comptroller Peter Franchot said the decision to begin school a week or even 10 days before Labor Day has a negative impact in various ways.

"The chance for families to spend precious time together and to build lifelong memories during that final, end-of-summer vacation has been lost by the decision to begin school a week, or even 10 days, before Labor Day," Franchot said. "Not only does this cut into the opportunity for Marylanders to spend more time together as a family, but it also has a negative impact on small businesses. 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."

Franchot said he is confident the state's school systems would be able to adjust their calendars throughout the academic year without reducing the 180-day school year.

The flexibility of adjusting winter and spring breaks or eliminating some of the school closure dates scattered throughout the school calendar would be left to the each of Maryland's 24 school systems, the comptroller said.

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