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Franchot launches petition drive to start school after Labor Day

Franchot launches petition drive to start school after Labor Day

OCEAN CITY — Squinting into the August sun at Ocean City’s boardwalk Thursday, Comptroller Peter Franchot formally launched his petition drive to require Maryland schools to start after Labor Day. Franchot wants to deliver 10,000 signatures under the banner “Let Summer Be Summer” to Maryland lawmakers in January, when he will kick off lobbying for a new law that would forbid school districts from beginning classes before September. While the petition itself is symbolic, it continues the state comptroller’s more than yearlong campaign to push back the first day of school. The state’s top tax collector said it would draw more tourism dollars to...

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