Latest action means only a handful of schools, and hardly any school districts, will be eligible to set their own calendars.
At a news conference in Ocean City on Aug. 31, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an executive order requiring public schools to start after Labor Day beginning in 2017.
School systems across Maryland face stark choices after Gov. Hogan issues mandate to start school after Labor Day, a decision that has support, but also widespread implications.
Announcement triggers speculation about — and opposition to — possible action by Gov. Larry Hogan to extend summer recess through Labor Day.
Montgomery plan sets Aug. 28 as first day of school in 2017, a week before Labor Day.