Spring Break Cut Short for Prince George’s Co. Schools


Public school students in Prince George’s County public schools (PGCPS), Maryland, will have just one day of spring break vacation due to the snow storm.

Spring break was set for Tuesday, April 3 through Friday, April 6, but school officials say students will now go back to class on Wednesday, April 4.

The county called off school on Wednesday for the snow and again on Thursday for dangerous real road conditions.

Prince George’s County Public Schools lost six days this school year for bad weather, including Jan. 4, 5 and 17 and March 2, 21 and 22. The school calendar only plans for five bad weather makeup days and the school year must end by June 15, the school system said in a statement.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered public schools in the state to extend summer recess until after Labor Day beginning in 2017, setting off an immediate battle with school officials and Democratic legislative leaders.

Hogan (R), a moderate who has made boosting Maryland’s economy the centerpiece of his administration, said delaying the start of the school year would be good for businesses, families and the environment — because schools would not need to use air-conditioning for as many days in August.

His effort runs counter to the trend of starting school earlier in many parts of the country in an effort to bridge the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap, maximize opportunities to prepare students for standardized testing and limit the time that working families need to pay for child care.

“School after Labor Day is now the law of the land in Maryland,” Hogan said at a news conference Wednesday August 31st, 2016 in the beach resort town of Ocean City. He was flanked by Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Sen. James N. Mathias Jr. (D-Worcester), both longtime advocates for a later start date almost two years ago.


On another note, call your elected officials to demand votes for change in governance in Annapolis. PGCPS system is currently going through a bad turbulence after Prince George’s County delegates engaged in bad politics in Annapolis to suppress due process. Delegate Jay Walker, Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Delegate Darryl Barnes and others are accused of  refusing to allow bills to receive a vote in Annapolis legislature. Votes which would have changed the county system to an elected Board and help fight the county corruption while improving governance. The current status quo benefits Delegate Dereck E. Davis the most as his wife is Deputy CEO of the county schools following by Delegate Jay Walker and Delegate Darryl Barnes in that order due to quid pro quo involving the union corruption.

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One response »

  1. As a teacher, I prefer the longer summer. It allows more time for me to work a second job to make ends meet. I wish teaching alone could pay the bills, but without this summer job, I would have to leave the teaching field altogether.


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