Anne Arun­del school board short­ens breaks

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

The Anne Arun­del Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted Wed­nes­day to re­duce va­ca­tion days in the school calendar to com­ply with Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s re­quire­ment to start school af­ter La­bor Day. School of­fi­cials planned to trim spring break, cut the num­ber of bad-weather days built into the calendar, re­move one va­ca­tion day from Christ­mas and ex­tend the end of school year into the sum­mer. The board voted 7-0 in fa­vor of the calendar. School board mem­bers Eric Gran­non and Tom Frank were ab­sent. Public schools are re­quired by law to close on some hol­i­days, such as Christ­mas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The school board and unions also ne­go­ti­ate days off and in-ser­vice days. Han­nah Marr, press sec­re­tary for Ho­gan, called the move to start school af­ter La­bor Day “com­mon sense” but crit­i­cized the de­ci­sion to cur­tail spring break. She said county school of­fi­cials should re­duce the num­ber of union-ne­go­ti­ated closed school days and early dis­missal days. Bob Mosier, spokesman for county schools, said the com­po­si­tion of the school calendar is within the purview of the lo­cal school board. Ho­gan ap­pointed six mem­bers

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