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House set to vote on veto override on school start bill

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on whether to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that lets local school boards decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day.

The House is set to vote Friday. The Senate overrode the Republican governor’s veto on Thursday 32-15.

The measure passed the House 95-45 earlier this month. The House needs 85 votes to override the veto.

The issue has stoked a battle between the governor and Democrats who control the General Assembly. Hogan issued an executive order in 2016 to require schools start after Labor Day.

Supporters of the governor say the longer summer breaks give families more time together and help tourism, but critics say it shortchanges education, and jurisdictions can have different scheduling needs.