Ho­gan’s skewed pri­or­i­ties

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Michelle Peyton

When my chil­dren, now 35 and 29, were young, they started school after La­bor Day. When that changed to be­fore La­bor Day, I was not happy. But we ad­justed and I even started look­ing for­ward to school in Au­gust.

Most fam­i­lies we knew started pre­par­ing their chil­dren two weeks be­fore school started. The chil­dren started go­ing to bed at their school time and get­ting up at their school time. Most fam­i­lies did not go away over the La­bor Day week­end even when school started after La­bor Day.

To­day, it is very com­mon for fam­i­lies to take va­ca­tions dur­ing the school year. Un­like when my chil­dren were in school, no one thinks it un­usual to pull their chil­dren out of school for va­ca­tion.

Watch­ing the news this week­end, I saw that most of those in­ter­viewed about how the im­pend­ing storm would im­pact their plans seemed to be young peo­ple — in other words, peo­ple who don’t have chil­dren.

Be­cause of my daugh­ter’s and son-in-law’s jobs and sched­ules, I am very in­volved in my grand­son’s life. I take him to sports prac­tices and games, to Scout meet­ings and school func­tions. This sum­mer my hus­band and I used a work­book to keep his skills fresh.

My hus­band com­mented, be­fore school started that our grand­son might have re­ally strug­gled when school opened if we hadn’t worked with him. It makes me won­der what will hap­pen to chil­dren who did not have some­one to work with them over the sum­mer.

State Del. Eric Luedtke is right to ac­cuse State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot of pan­der­ing. The post-La­bor Day school start has been one of his fa­vorite causes. For years, he held a news con­fer­ence in Ocean City over the La­bor Day week­end to cham­pion a later start to the school year.

This even oc­curred dur­ing for­mer Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley’s terms. But in Larry Ho­gan Mr. Fran­chot now has a gover­nor who was elected be­cause he promised to re­vive Mary­land’s econ­omy.

Gover­nor Ho­gan, how­ever, should know that ed­u­ca­tion is the best way to re­vive the econ­omy. If peo­ple can read, write and do math, they have a much bet­ter chance of get­ting and keep­ing a job.

I am very dis­ap­pointed in Mr. Ho­gan’s at­ti­tude to­ward ed­u­ca­tion. He has held ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing hostage, called out teach­ers and now in­ter­fered with the school year. I would se­ri­ously con­sider an­other choice for gover­nor in the next elec­tion if his at­ti­tude doesn’t change.

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