"Let Summer Be Summer" Campaign Collects over 13,000 Signatures, - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

"Let Summer Be Summer" Campaign Collects over 13,000 Signatures, Schools Still Not Convinced

Posted:
 ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Let summer be summer.  A campaign aimed at mandating that Maryland's schools do not start until after labor day.

It's a move state senator Jim Mathias has supported from the start.

"It's priceless for the families of Maryland to spend that time together.  That's most important.  To enjoy not only what the eastern shore has to offer, but here in the state capital of Annapolis, Baltimore, our rich history there," said senator Mathias.

The comptroller and his team set out to get ten thousand signatures.  Thursday, instead they presented 13,243 signatures.  That's not counting the signature they got today from governor-elect Larry Hogan.

Although Hogan is on board with this issue, superintendents across the state, like Dr. Henry Wagner of Dorchester county, say they are concerned about a loss of productive days as the school year moves later into June.

"The relative value of instructional days in late August is much more valuable than the instructional days in mid to late June," said Dr. Wagner.

Wagner is also concerned about the one size fits all nature of this mandate.

"Local boards of educations are best equipped to handle the types of issues we are making here.  With respect to calendar, start times, dates of commencement.  Those things that are unique and peculiar to the demands of the local stakeholders," Dr. Wagner said.

Ocean city mayor Rick Meehan thinks the time can be found in the school's schedules.

"All we're doing is changing the starting date, they have complete control over the rest of the calendar.  I firmly believe they can find those three to five days each year, depending on how the calendar runs, to accomplish this goal," said Meehan.

But supporters of the change say this is a positive for the state, with the added potential of bringing in an additional 7.7 million dollars in state and local revenue.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Firefighter Dies Battling Blaze at Maryland Home

    Firefighter Dies Battling Blaze at Maryland Home

    Jul 23, 2018 1:27 PM2018-07-23 17:27:00 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 1:28 PM EDT2018-07-23 17:28:54 GMT
    (Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department via AP)(Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department via AP)
    Howard County, Md., Fire Department firefighter Nathan Flynn is seen in an undated photo provided by the Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department. (Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department via AP)Howard County, Md., Fire Department firefighter Nathan Flynn is seen in an undated photo provided by the Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department. (Howard County, Md., Fire and Rescue Department via AP)
    Authorities say a firefighter died Monday after falling through the floor of a burning home.More
    Authorities say a firefighter died Monday after falling through the floor of a burning home.           More
  • Maryland Coastal Bays Program Looking for Public Comment on Coastal Bays Report

    Maryland Coastal Bays Program Looking for Public Comment on Coastal Bays Report

    Jul 23, 2018 12:35 PM2018-07-23 16:35:00 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-07-23 16:35:08 GMT
    Maryland Coastal Bays Program is seeking public comment on the economic value of its Coastal Bays Watershed Report.Maryland Coastal Bays Program is seeking public comment on the economic value of its Coastal Bays Watershed Report.
    Maryland Coastal Bays Program is seeking public comment on the economic value of its Coastal Bays Watershed Report.Maryland Coastal Bays Program is seeking public comment on the economic value of its Coastal Bays Watershed Report.
    The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is seeking public response on the economic value of the Coastal Bays watershed report.More
    The Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is seeking public response on the economic value of the Coastal Bays watershed report.More
  • Ocean Pines Police To Hold First National Night Out

    Ocean Pines Police To Hold First National Night Out

    Jul 23, 2018 11:22 AM2018-07-23 15:22:00 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-07-23 15:22:52 GMT
    BERLIN, Md. - The Ocean Pines Police Department, in conjunction with National Association of Town Watch, has announced it will host its first National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7. The department says the goal is to promote partnerships between first reMore
    BERLIN, Md. - The Ocean Pines Police Department, in conjunction with National Association of Town Watch, has announced it will host its first National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7. The department says the goal is to promote partnerships between first reMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    Rehoboth Beach Police Looking for Theft Suspects

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More

    The Rehoboth Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two people involved with stealing from an arcade. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Beach Arcade. 

    More
  • Pennsylvania Woman Wounded by Windswept Umbrella on Ocean City Beach

    Pennsylvania Woman Wounded by Windswept Umbrella on Ocean City Beach

    A scary scene on the Ocean City beach Sunday afternoon after a Pennsylvania woman was wounded by a windswept umbrella. Ocean City Beach Patrol said the incident happened on the 54th Street beach, and they received the call just after 3 p.m. Beach Patrol said an unattended umbrella swept by the wind pierced the woman's skin on her upper left chest. However, Captain Butch Arbin who was on scene said it was a non-life threatening injury.

    More

    A scary scene on the Ocean City beach Sunday afternoon after a Pennsylvania woman was wounded by a windswept umbrella. Ocean City Beach Patrol said the incident happened on the 54th Street beach, and they received the call just after 3 p.m. Beach Patrol said an unattended umbrella swept by the wind pierced the woman's skin on her upper left chest. However, Captain Butch Arbin who was on scene said it was a non-life threatening injury.

    More
  • WBOC Morning Weather July 23, 2018

    WBOC Morning Weather July 23, 2018

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices