State Roundup, September 28, 2016

STREAMLINING WAIVERS: The state school board signaled Tuesday that it willstreamline decisions on granting waivers to local boards of education that don’t want to go along with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order pushing the start of school until after Labor Day next year, Liz Bowie and Michael Dresser report for the Sun.  After a spirited discussion at its regular monthly meeting about who controls education policy, the board adopted a resolution saying it intends to approve such exceptions “expeditiously” as long as the local boards can provide “reasonable explanations of the educational benefits to students.”

STATE FRACKING REGS: Maryland’s long-awaited fracking regulations would ban drilling in three watersheds in Western Maryland and require extensive safeguards around drilling sites, protections that Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles called “the most stringent” in the country, Josh Hicks of the Post reports.