Post holiday start could give the State a nearly $75M economic boost.
Citing the benefits to Maryland families, small businesses, and tourism overall, Comptroller Peter Franchot today released the economic impact report completed by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates regarding a post Labor Day start date for all Maryland public schools.
Comptroller Franchot announced that a delayed school start in Maryland would result in an additional $74.3 million in direct economic activity, including $3.7 million in new wages and a separate $7.4 million in state and local revenue. "The chance for families to spend precious time together and to build lifelong memories during that final, end-of- summer vacation has been lost by the decision to begin school a week, or even ten days, before Labor Day," said Franchot. "Not only does this cut into the opportunity for Marylanders to spend more time together as a family, but it also has a negative impact on small businesses. In these tough economic times, we need to do all that we can to support small businesses and promote economic activity, not cause unnecessary harm to them for no apparent reason."
Instead of reducing the 180 day school year, the Comptroller is confident that the state's school systems would be able to adjust their calendars throughout the academic year without losing time for instruction in the classroom. The flexibility of adjusting winter and spring breaks or eliminating some of the school closure dates scattered throughout the school calendar would be left to each of Maryland's 24 school systems.