The Baltimore Sun reported last week that city teachers are raising money and collecting donated fans to cool unairconditioned classrooms where temperatures sometimes exceed 100-degrees. Yet Baltimore school administrators are also worried that plugging too many fans will strain aging electrical systems past their breaking point.[i]
Common sense suggests the impracticality of an August school start date in Maryland, given the number of state school classrooms that still lack air conditioning.
Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order in August 2016, requiring Maryland’s public schools to start classes after Labor Day, beginning the next school year. In making his announcement he was joined by Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot, education advocates and other longtime supporters of a post-Labor Day school start. <more>