Counsel: Hogan May Have Exceeded Authority on School Start

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Counsel in the Maryland attorney general’s office says Gov. Larry Hogan may have exceeded his authority by using an executive order to require public schools to start after Labor Day.

Adam Snyder, chief counsel of opinions and advice, expressed that view in a letter sent to two Maryland lawmakers Friday.

He says while he cannot say “unequivocally” that the executive order exceeds the governor’s authority, he believes it is “likely” a reviewing court would conclude that it does.

Snyder says Hogan’s order purports to direct state and local boards on the topic of the school calendar. That, Snyder says, likely falls within the power of the state education board’s authority over educational policy and administration. He says Maryland’s highest court has found that power to be “comprehensive” and “exclusive.”


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