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By Nicole Fuller | March 7, 2010
Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has announced a revamped school calendar in order to account for several recent snow days. The revamped calendar sets June 15, 2010, as the last day of classes for students and leaves intact the weeklong spring break vacation in April. The school system built four emergency closing days into the 2009-2010 calendar, but has used 10. The addition of one day to the end of the school year assumes that the Maryland State Department of Education will grant Anne Arundel's request for a five-day waiver of the 180-school day requirement.
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September 3, 2014
For decades, schools, teachers and families were very happy with schools starting after Labor Day ( "Late start a non-starter," Sept. 2). It meant that families did not have to end a vacation early to come home for three days of school and then have three days more vacation! There is plenty of time in the school calendar to put those three days back in where they used to be - or another place if preferred. As for "forcing a longer summer break," I doubt that most families would regret the change back.
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NEWS
January 26, 1992
Faced with budgetary considerations, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education has made changes in the current school calendar that affect spring break for students and in-school days this month and in April.All students will be off from school Jan. 27-28, when high school conferences are held.Elementary and middle school teachers also will be off those days.All schools will be open Jan. 29, which marks the start of the third marking period.Students and staff will be in school.Students also will attend school April 6, a day previously scheduled as aprofessional development day.Spring break is still planned for April 17-20, with April 21-22 added on as days schools will be closed.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
This week, youngsters across Maryland will board the "big yellow cheese wagon," as it's sometimes called, and head back to school. And chances are high (aside perhaps from those teary-eyed moms and dads waving good-bye to their kindergartners for the first time), the school bus commute from home to classroom will take place without incident. But the latest survey conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education shows that the students' fate is being tempted on a regular basis by drivers who seem either unaware of the law or unwilling to follow it. Drivers are forbidden to pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm swings out and its lights are flashing, yet that happens all the time.
NEWS
January 19, 1993
Hi, ho, don't come to the fair! That's the troubling refrain sun by the Harford County Board of Education, in voting to begin the 1993-94 school year before Labor Day, just as the Maryland State Fair begins.It's a troubling message to hundreds of 4-H youngsters for whom the state's annual celebration of agriculture is the highlight of the year. The board says they can be excused for the fair and make up missed work later. But for farm youngsters committed to their animals and to competitions during fair week, that's a flimsy concession.
NEWS
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | November 14, 2013
A few points about the proposed 2014-15 academic year calendar for Harford County Public Schools are worth making. The proposed calendar, meanwhile, is available for public review and comment on the school system's website, hcps.org. . The school year is proposed to begin for students on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 and conclude on Friday, June 19, 2015. The school system says it has gone to some effort to coordinate teacher in service days (that is to say days off for students)
NEWS
March 3, 1994
...TC The more things change, the more they may need to change again. Take the Anne Arundel County school calendar, amended last week and a candidate to be amended again."
NEWS
By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer | December 11, 1992
Howard County students may begin school before Labor Da again next year. However, the four-day weekend they enjoyed last Labor Day may be cut back to three, because teachers found it disruptive.The proposals are part of a two-year school calendar that was presented to the county school board yesterday afternoon.The calendar also calls for five in-service days for teachers before the start of classes in 1993 and 1994. Teachers had four in-service days before classes this year and one in February.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1998
The county school board approved yesterday a 1998-1999 calendar that will have students returning to class Aug. 24 and ending the school year June 4.The calendar reflects the concerns of parents who had complained about a school calendar proposed in December that would have required students to attend school through June 17.Board member Ann Ballard said she thought parents would be happier with the revised calendar."
NEWS
By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1997
Following a racial controversy over the cover photo of last year's school calendar, the cover of this year's Howard County ++ school system calendar bears words and numbers only.In a turquoise, gold and white design, it reads: "1997 & 1998: Calendar Handbook for the Howard County Public School System."Patti Caplan, a school spokeswoman, said the change had nothing to do with last year's controversy, explaining that because school officials wanted the cover to bear a multicolored graphic, the calendars had to be printed in February -- a deadline that did not permit time to arrange a photograph.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
The Anne Arundel County school system will need to make up two school days missed this year to inclement weather after receiving a waiver from the state Department of Education on Wednesday. The school system had built four inclement weather days into its state-mandated 180-day school calendar, but used five additional days during an unseasonably cold and protracted winter. It was among several counties statewide that requested waivers from the state from the mandated calendar. The school system initially asked to have all five days forgiven, but last week state Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery denied that request.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
The snow continued to play havoc with school schedules Monday, delaying the beginning of state testing in some places and keeping students home for yet another day. All Baltimore-area school systems have used more days than allotted in the school calendar for snow and must find ways to make up those days. School districts also are adjusting their schedules for state testing, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday in some counties, as some students still might have trouble getting to school or focusing on academics.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery said Tuesday that school districts across the state should be allowed to determine for themselves when to start classes after summer break, whether it's before or after Labor Day. Lowery said districts now have the autonomy to start the school year when they see fit and she doesn't want a statewide initiative mandating a post-Labor Day start for all districts. The superintendent spoke in Anne Arundel County at a meeting of a task force considering starting the school year after Labor Day. The Task Force to Study a Post Labor Day Start Date was created by Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly during last year's Annapolis session to study whether the tourism industry would get a boost if public schools start after Labor Day. Greg Shockley, chairman of the Maryland Tourism Development Board, said pushing back the start of school would not only benefit tourism, but also education through tax revenue.
NEWS
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | November 14, 2013
A few points about the proposed 2014-15 academic year calendar for Harford County Public Schools are worth making. The proposed calendar, meanwhile, is available for public review and comment on the school system's website, hcps.org. . The school year is proposed to begin for students on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 and conclude on Friday, June 19, 2015. The school system says it has gone to some effort to coordinate teacher in service days (that is to say days off for students)
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Your recent editorial significantly minimized the need to explore a post-Labor Day start to Maryland's public school calendar ( "One week and counting," Aug. 19). It was disappointing that The Sun would issue such a dismissive opinion without first giving the task force established earlier this year by the General Assembly a chance to comprehensively study this proposal and issue a report. With Maryland's unique natural bounty, our state provides families with countless opportunities to spend the last weeks of August exploring the scenic mountains of Western Maryland, taking advantage of the richness of the Chesapeake Bay or enjoying time together on the beautiful shoreline in Ocean City . While the $74.3 million in direct economic activity that is lost by starting schools in August may not seem significant to some, a couple weeks of lost or diminished revenue can often be "make or break" for many family-owned businesses.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
The report by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on the economic benefits to Maryland from a post-Labor Day school start deserves far more respect, attention and consideration than given to it in a recent editorial in The Sun ("One week and counting," Aug. 19). The comptroller's report follows approval of legislation in the last General Assembly session to establish a task force to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland public schools. It is worth noting that following public hearings in both the House and the Senate, the legislation calling for this study passed the Senate 46 to 1, passed the House of Delegates 124 to 6 and was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Staff Writer | March 9, 1993
The Baltimore County school board grappled with change again last night, as it studied proposals to alter next year's unpopular school calendar and rearrange the "feeder" system that determines what middle and high schools students attend.After moving its meeting to larger quarters to accommodate an expected crowd, the board looked at a revised 1993-94 calendar that would start school Sept. 7, the day after Labor Day.Several weeks ago, the board approved an Aug. 30 opening day that broke a long-standing county tradition of not starting school before Labor Day and angered students, parents and teachers who had made late-summer work and travel plans.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Eastern Shore and Western Maryland lawmakers joined Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday in calling for school to start after Labor Day. The proposed change, hailed as a way to promote family time and extend the tourist season, would have a $74.3 million economic impact, the Bureau of Revenue Estimates said in a new report. School starts this year in most school systems around the state Aug. 26, a week before Labor Day. "It's one of the traditions we should bring back," Franchot said on the Ocean City boardwalk.
EXPLORE
April 9, 2013
Harford County Public Schools students and faculty got some welcome news Tuesday: the school year will be ending three days earlier than expected. The school system - which has been closed six days for weather this school year - was granted a waiver for three of those days, Dr. Lillian Lowery, the state superintendent of schools, announced Tuesday. Harford County Public Schools were closed for three days near the beginning of the school year by the effects of what was left of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm passed through the region.
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