The veto override effectively strikes down the governor’s 2016 executive order that required public schools to delay opening until after the Labor Day holiday and wrap up classes by June 15.
Virginia school systems will be allowed to open up to two weeks before Labor Day as long as they give students a four-day Labor Day weekend. The law takes effect July 1, replacing the current waiver system.
The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to a measure to let local school boards decide when school starts. A final vote by the Senate on Monday sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has opposed the bill.
If signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, a bill that just cleared Virginia’s General Assembly would repeal the decades-old ban on public schools starting before Labor Day. That ban is colloquially known as the “Kings Dominion Law.”
Maryland’s Senate has approved a bill that would let school districts set their calendars to open before Labor Day if they choose. Senate Bill 128 passed 31-13, with three absences recorded.
Gov. Larry Hogan called criticism of his 2016 executive order that mandated all schools start after Labor Day “fabricated nonsense” generated by “special interests,” and he promised to fight bills to reverse the order.
“I can’t image where this kind of idiocy comes from,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “It’s just an incredibly stupid idea.”
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