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Montgomery Co. Schools Won’t Close For Muslim Holy Days

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — School board members in Montgomery County say they won’t support canceling classes for Muslim holy days next year.

The Washington Post reports that the school board’s decision came during a meeting Tuesday.

Board members said that while they wouldn’t close schools now for another religious holiday, student and staff attendance on Muslim holidays would be tracked to see if that move made sense in the future.

Muslims leaders asked that their holidays be given the same treatment as Christian and Jewish holidays, when schools are closed. They were especially seeking recognition of Eid al-Adha, a holy day that falls in mid-October next year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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