State Roundup, October 14, 2016

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CRITICIZES HOGAN: Maryland school board member Chester Finn has sharply criticized Gov. Larry Hogan, less than 24 hours after the governor’s latest executive order on starting school after Labor Day. Finn, a Hogan appointee, called Hogan’s order limiting school systems’ ability to obtain waivers to start school before Labor Day “very bad education policy” in a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank he once led, Liz Bowie of the Sun reports.

OVERHAUL FOR SCHOOL BUILDING SPENDING? The state’s current system for approving school construction spending needs an overhaul, according to members of a commission tasked with developing recommendations to improve school construction. Bryan Sears of the Daily Record reports that Martin Knott, chair of the 21st Century Schools Commission said, “If you plateau, you’re dead. And I think that’s what certainly I am seeing and what members of the commission are seeing is that there’s a real opportunity for us to improve the organization.”