Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Teachers to lose pre-service day

ROCKVILLE— County public school teachers will lose one pre-service day before school starts in fall 2016 following a board of education vote Monday to have a professional day Sept. 12, the anticipated date of the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Adha.
Montgomery County Public Schools board of education members voted to approve the 2016-2017 school year calendar, six supporting and members Pat O’Neill (D-3) and Philip Kauffman (D-at-large) abstaining.
The board approved the calendar Monday during a business meeting devoted to finalizing the calendar for next school year.
Kauffman said he abstained from voting because Sept. 12 is not the official day of Eid-al-Adha, though the holiday might fall on that day. The Maryland State Department of Education calendar said the holiday falls on Sept. 11, which is not a school day, which influenced his decision. Kauffman said he did not support the change because principals said they were concerned about teachers losing a pre-service day and because he was concerned about when the make-up school day would be...


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