Maryland State School Board Eyes Possible Loophole in Governor’s Order on School Calendars

When Gov. Larry Hogan tightened his executive order to start all public schools after Labor Day, he blocked some educators from wiggling out of the mandate by seeking waivers. But members of the state school board may have stumbled on a loophole.

Board members learned Tuesday that the law fails to define a category of schools that could receive a waiver. Hogan originally said waivers could only be granted by the state board for “compelling justification.” Then he narrowed the requirements so waivers could only be granted at charter schools and those deemed “low-performing” or “at-risk.”