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The good, bad and silliness of a late school start

The good, bad and silliness of a late school start

Nearly all Maryland public school students went back to school Tuesday, the first statewide post-Labor Day K-12 opening day in a generation. That’s because Gov. Larry Hogan signed two executive orders last year decreeing it, the first mandating the later start to schools and the second closing loopholes reluctant school boards had hoped to use so they could continue setting their own schedules. Now that the big day has come, the question remains: Was it worthwhile? After considering the various pros and cons, there’s only one reasonable assessment available.

Mark the grade as incomplete.

Mr. Hogan and the measure’s most ardent supporter, Comptroller Peter Franchot, have argued...

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