Priorities: De Blasio and Farina de Blasio’s Overture to the Muslim Community

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“We made a pledge to families that we would change our school calendar to reflect the strength and diversity of our city. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement.

It’s the fulfillment of a campaign pledge Mr. de Blasio made when he was running for office in 2013, and today the mayor said it reflects the growth of the city’s Muslim population. Mr. de Blasio has also expressed support for giving students the day off for Lunar New Year, something for which the city’s growing Asian American community has advocated.

Next year schools will close on September 24 for Eid al-Adha. Eid-al-Fitr falls in the summer in 2016, and will be a holiday for any summer school students. The city’s school calendar will not use instructional days due to the change, the Department of Education said….(read more)

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