Cor­rect­ing the record on post-La­bor Day school start

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Michael E. Haynie Sr., Bal­ti­more The writer is pres­i­dent of Park­way Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment and Con­sult­ing Com­pany, and served as a mem­ber of the state’s Task Force to Study a Post-La­bor Day Start for Mary­land Schools.

It has been in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing to see The Sun’s ed­i­to­rial board use their in­flu­en­tial plat­form to pub­lish flat-out false pieces re­gard­ing Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion re­gard­ing a post La­bor Day school start. Their lat­est click-bait­ing rant (“‘Silly,’ ‘triv­ial,’ ’stupid’, ‘non­sense,’” Oct. 27, 2016) is noth­ing but an­other at­tempt to mis­char­ac­ter­ize a highly-pop­u­lar ini­tia­tive that pro­tects Mary­land’s proud rep­u­ta­tion of pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, while also help­ing our state’s econ­omy.

I had the priv­i­lege of be­ing one of the 19 mem­bers who were ap­pointed to the leg­isla­tive task force that stud­ied the fea­si­bil­ity of a post-La­bor Day school start and proudly joined the ma­jor­ity of my col­leagues — com­posed of ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents, teach­ers, leg­is­la­tors, union rep­re­sen­ta­tives and civic lead­ers — in sup­port of start­ing school af­ter La­bor Day. We spent months hear­ing tes­ti­mony from stake­hold­ers, re­view­ing re­search stud­ies and data, and dis­cussing the po­ten­tial con­se­quences and ben­e­fits of start­ing school af­ter La­bor Day. De­spite what many ar­gue, we found no ev­i­dence — and there is cur­rently no ev­i­dence — that a post-La­bor Day school start would com­pro­mise our chil­dren’s abil­ity to get a good ed­u­ca­tion.

Like some school sys­tems have al­ready shown, com­pli­ance with the gover­nor’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der is not only pos­si­ble but does not im­pose un­due bur­den on the school sys­tems or have detri­men­tal im­pact on our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion. The Sun’s con­tin­ued re­gur­gi­ta­tion of the same lies and de­cep­tive tactics does a great dis­ser­vice to its read­ers and bla­tantly ig­nores the hard work, time and ef­forts of the leg­isla­tive task force that stud­ied this is­sue in much greater de­tail than the ed­i­to­rial writ­ers who write with such au­thor­ity and ar­ro­gance on this topic.

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