In 2017, Hogan’s executive order to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day went into effect. Since then, Montgomery County Board of Education has fought the mandate.
According to Patricia O’Neill, the vice president of the school board, when Hogan signed the executive order, he required schools to end by June 15.
“Ending by June 15 creates a terrible hardship on school systems when you have large numbers of snow days,” said O’Neill. “Now this year so far—knock on wood—we have not had a ‘Snowmageddon.’ We have had years where we’ve closed for 10 days.”
O’Neill said that the school board has “already extended the school year by one date.” If there’s another weather cancellation, the school board will have to take away a teacher professional day, June 5. If by chance there’s a third school day canceled, then the board will need to “cut into spring break.”