Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WTOP: New MCPS calendar might leave off some holiday names

WASHINGTON -- Proposed changes to the Montgomery County Public Schools' calendar are sure to get a lot of attention at a school board meeting Tuesday.
Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr is proposing three options for next school year.
The first, which Starr recommends, would remove references to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, while still closing schools on those days.
Option two would keep the current calendar, and the third option would add a mention of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which in 2015 happens to be on the same day as Yom Kippur.
"I have considered the concerns raised by some representatives of the Muslim community about the desire to recognize Muslim holidays and close schools on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, or at least have these days noted on the school calendar," Starr wrote in a memo to the Board of Education detailing the proposals.

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