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With all the myriad issues facing the state, it’s pretty amazing that Larry Hogan would decide to stake the power of his governorship on what – at first glance, no research yet – seems to be an illegal executive order mandating that all Maryland public schools start the school year after Labor Day. But hey, this is Larry Hogan we’re talking about, so yep, that’s what’s happening.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot will hold a news conference Wednesday in Ocean City where the governor is expected to announce an executive order pushing back the start of Maryland schools until after Labor Day, possibly as soon as next year.

The primary beneficiaries of this move are the Ocean City economy, which gets another week of summer, and Comptroller and Hogan-bro Peter Franchot, who’s been agitating for this move for several years.

Downside: squeezing in 180 days of school in a shorter period, with increasing numbers of snow days and time required for professional development days for teachers. That’s been harder and harder to do even with the extra August week – now it’s gonna be a nightmare.

While I may not know the legality of Hogan’s Folly, you’d think his office would have checked with some other lawyer before announcing the decision? Seems reasonable, no?

Apparently not.

Also at issue is whether Hogan has the authority to issue an executive order regarding the start of the school year.

Mayer would not comment on whether Hogan had sought advice from his counsel or the Office of the Attorney General.

A spokesman for the Maryland State Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, also said he could not answer the question.

Maybe somebody ought to figure this out before Wednesday. Or maybe not. With this administration lately, there’s no telling what might happen next.

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