Franchot: Later school start would boost state's economy

Photo: Brad Bell/WJLA

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot{ }is calling on schools to start after Labor Day, citing a new report that estimates it could provide an economic boost.

At Montgomery Blair High School, the band is already practicing, athletes are already running, and as the sign out front says, classes begin on Aug. 27. Flowers High School in Prince George's County held its freshman orientation Thursday. Classes begin Monday.{ }

Montgomery Blair graduate Adam Havsky says he's on board for a later school start.{ }

"It's nicer," he says. "You get a little more break. Even if the summer starts later I prefer it when it starts after Labor Day."

The report released Thursday by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates projects that delaying the first day of school would result in an additional $74.3 million{ }in revenue to resort businesses. That includes $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.7 million in state and local revenue.

However, some parents in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are against altering the school year to benefit the resort industry.{ }

"I'm not thinking about them, I'm thinking about my kid's education," says Traci Wells.{ }

“I feel that the school system should do what they feel is best and there’s enough politics in the school system already,” says Janna Rhone.{ }

Franchot says the decision to begin school a week or even 10 days before Labor Day has a negative impact on small businesses and deprives families of valuable time together.

Franchot says he's confident the state's school systems would be able to adjust their calendars throughout the academic year without reducing the 180-day school year.