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'We’re all just wondering why we’re here': Extra school days lead to empty classrooms in Maryland

'We’re all just wondering why we’re here': Extra school days lead to empty classrooms in Maryland

Summer camps across the Baltimore region kicked off on Monday. Sunscreen-slathered children showed up to play soccer, sail or otherwise revel in the sun.

There was just one problem: For many of the children who spent their day playing outside, school was still in session.

A drawn-out battle over school calendars contributed to widespread absences Monday — and more were expected Tuesday — as some districts’ academic years drag on, after many children have already checked out.

Public schools in Maryland originally were supposed to let out by last Friday, under Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring that all school districts squeeze 180 days between Labor Day and June...

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