After being voted down twice already, on Tuesday, Nov. 11th, the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Board of Education will vote to decide if the Muslim holidays of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha will be placed on the 2015 school calendar. Encourage your school board members to VOTE “NO.”
MYMC Media In a memo to the school board explaining his recommendation, Dr. Joshua Starr wrote, “In preparing Attachment A, 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.
However, as we have discussed in the past, decisions about closing schools on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, specifically, are not based on honoring or favoring a particular religious, cultural, or ethnic group. The decision to close on these days—originally made in the 1970s—has been based on the experience of significant student and staff absenteeism impacting the school system’s ability to continue an instructional program and operate safe schools.” In that memo, Starr said he suggests not closing school for the Muslim holiday.