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New York, NY - De Blasio: NYC Public Schools To Close On 2 Muslim Holidays

Published on: March 4, 2015 11:45 AM
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announce that New York City will become the largest school district in the nation to recognize Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as holidays on the official school calendar. PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington, Brooklyn. Wednesday, March 04, 2015. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office.)Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announce that New York City will become the largest school district in the nation to recognize Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as holidays on the official school calendar. PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington, Brooklyn. Wednesday, March 04, 2015. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office.)

New York, NY - The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City.

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Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public school system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, will be observed during summer school in 2016.

“Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in his announcement.

Muslim leaders welcomed the announcement.

“After years of advocating by New York City’s Muslim community, Muslim public school students will finally and thankfully no longer be penalized for observing their religious holidays,” said Zead Ramadan, a board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Linda Sarsour, a Muslim community advocate and public school parent who joined de Blasio for the announcement at a school in Brooklyn, said, “This is what New York City is all about — recognition, inclusion and respect.”

Estimates of the number of Muslims living in New York City vary from 600,000 to 1 million.

Community leaders have long urged adding the two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, and the City Council passed a resolution supporting the change in 2009.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposed making the change but de Blasio and the other major candidates who campaigned to succeed Bloomberg in 2013 all said they would implement it.

The new calendar will keep the total number of school days unchanged at 182: the state-mandated 180 plus two more in case there are snow days.

New York City public schools have long closed for major Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as well as the Christian holidays of Christmas and Good Friday.

Other public school systems that have moved recently to observe Muslim holidays include those in Waterbury, Connecticut and Frederick County, Maryland.



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 Mar 04, 2015 at 11:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Because they really have no option not to send it's a very hard decision to make. This is the first step we have more to come.

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 11:59 AM lavrenty Says:

makes sense they are taking over NYC.

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:02 PM bennyt Says:

You can't get dumber than a public school kid so what's another couple of days off from school gonna do?

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:07 PM Just Wondering.... Says:

Is Sharia law next?

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:15 PM ayoyo Says:

Hows about closing the school system for a week of chinese new year celebration?

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:25 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #2  
lavrenty Says:

makes sense they are taking over NYC.

"makes sense they are taking over NYC" and live in PEACE with a Million Yidden. Interesting. Maybe lets switch. Send De Blasio to Israel Hopefully he can control them and saving many lives. Bring Bibi to USA . Maybe next Speaker of the Hose. Congress will finally get their acts together and do something for a change. Win.Win.

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:45 PM ChareidiMan Says:

Yes of course sharia law is next. why not? when ultra orthodox Jews can go out with signs "You don't have to be Muslim to support Iran" you're basically helping the Arab cause, so why not?

As a Talmud of Satmar I am embarrassed with their actions and their lack of education on how to behave. When WW-III comes, you will look back at these American people that still have the mentality, "If we like them, they will like us back" it has not worked in the 30's in the 80's and it will never work.

They are taking advantage of your lack of brains, and when the time comes that they are ready to slaughter us, they will put you all on the same line where they will put a non-religious Jew. What's so hard to understands that they hate Jews?

Educate yourselves and try to understand that finally Jews have a state where they can go and get protected! they didn't have that in the 1930's and that's why 6 million of us were gassed!

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 12:47 PM Sam Says:

I like the quote, " The nations largest school system, where they educate 1.1 million kids. What a joke. NYC has the best education? The schools have holidays galore. The kids celebrate all relegions by playing ball, using drugs, hanging out with gangs, doing all sorts of mischief. All of this is happening whole the learning level is going down. What type of morons are running the school system. If some kids have a holiday give them those personal days. Giving it to all kids is moronic. It's a never ending cycle.

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 02:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
bennyt Says:

You can't get dumber than a public school kid so what's another couple of days off from school gonna do?

Actually you can be dumber than them. YOU didn't go to public school!

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
ChareidiMan Says:

Yes of course sharia law is next. why not? when ultra orthodox Jews can go out with signs "You don't have to be Muslim to support Iran" you're basically helping the Arab cause, so why not?

As a Talmud of Satmar I am embarrassed with their actions and their lack of education on how to behave. When WW-III comes, you will look back at these American people that still have the mentality, "If we like them, they will like us back" it has not worked in the 30's in the 80's and it will never work.

They are taking advantage of your lack of brains, and when the time comes that they are ready to slaughter us, they will put you all on the same line where they will put a non-religious Jew. What's so hard to understands that they hate Jews?

Educate yourselves and try to understand that finally Jews have a state where they can go and get protected! they didn't have that in the 1930's and that's why 6 million of us were gassed!

Beautifully stated,

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 03:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Sam Says:

I like the quote, " The nations largest school system, where they educate 1.1 million kids. What a joke. NYC has the best education? The schools have holidays galore. The kids celebrate all relegions by playing ball, using drugs, hanging out with gangs, doing all sorts of mischief. All of this is happening whole the learning level is going down. What type of morons are running the school system. If some kids have a holiday give them those personal days. Giving it to all kids is moronic. It's a never ending cycle.

And now that the P,s, school kids are allowed to bring cell phones to school, they're going to stay a lot dumber too!

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 03:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Ugh, deblasio is in competitition with Obama for who can coddle the Muslims more,

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 01:47 PM Rafuel Says:

Look at the beginning of the article. At the first mentioning of the word Eid they suggest we pronounce it as eed, at the second - as ayd. Do you believe that? Those dumb arabs don't even know how to pronounce short words of their repulsive language!

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 04:26 PM curious Says:

Eid al-Adha celebrates A vroom ' s willingness to shecht Yishmael. What a sham of a religion. 1500 years after we get the Torah he makes up a book and says we got it all wrong. What a joke!

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 04:44 PM Anonymous Says:

They get an awful number of days off of school. I don't care for what religion it is for- no more days off of school unless they add more days to the school year.

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 Mar 04, 2015 at 09:04 PM uberchochom Says:

Christians initially got school days off without having to make any requests. Jews were the first to cry "me too". Followed by all the others who cry "me too".

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 Mar 05, 2015 at 12:22 AM ayoyo Says:

The major problem is,.what is an honest religion Except for Judaism . All of the others that come after it are concoctions cobbled together to resemble judaism,but have minor changes to differentiate them from the mother religion that they resent.Tomorrow another so called prophet may arise and proclaim yet another version, and gain more true believers and have different holidays. Is there no end to this nonsense?

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