Maryland schools

Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Sen. James Mathias, a Worcester Democrat, made the announcement at a Thursday news conference with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, who both support the idea. Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan also appeared at the Annapolis news conference to support the later start date.

Supporters say prolonging summer vacation by between five and 10 days would create more family time and help Maryland businesses.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be hearing about a measure to limit commercial use of student data by cloud-computing service vendors.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Friday in the House Ways in Means Committee in Annapolis.

Supporters say most public schools in Maryland hire cloud-computing vendors that provide software and online services. Schools have entrusted them with large amounts of sensitive student data contained in emails, digital documents and school records.