Franchot campaigning to delay school opening

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is planning to launch a petition drive to persuade lawmakers to delay the opening of public schools until after Labor Day.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1uCUnFX ) reports that Franchot is planning an event Thursday on the Ocean City boardwalk to kick off a “Let Summer Be Summer” campaign.

Franchot’s aim is to collect 10,000 signatures before Maryland lawmakers reconvene in January.

Franchot, a Democrat, says starting schools after Labor Day would be good for the state’s economy and allow families to spend more time together. In May, a state task force voted 11 to 4 in favor of requiring the state’s 24 school system to push back their start date into September.

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