OCEAN CITY, Md. - "Let Summer be Summer," petition drives kicks off Thursday on the Ocean City boardwalk.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will launch a petition drive in the resort town to persuade lawmakers to delay the opening of public schools until after Labor Day.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan is among the group of town officials who will join Franchot on the boardwalk to begin the petition drive.
Franchot is trying to collect at least 10,000 signatures in support of starting school after Labor Day. He plans to present the signatures to the Maryland General Assembly when the 2015 legislative session begins in January.
The school board in Worcester County voted to start the 2014-2015 school year on Sept. 2, the latest start date in the state. Most other school districts begin the week before.
Franchot said starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity.