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Arab American group, Ann Arbor schools ask state not to schedule tests on religious holidays
by Amy Biolchini
An area Arab American parent group is working with Ann Arbor Public Schools to ask the Michigan Department of Education to not schedule state exams on major religious holidays.
School board members and Superintendent Jeanice Swift have drafted a letter to the state with the advice of the Ann Arbor Arab American Parent Support Group, requesting that changes be made to accommodate the "most important holidays of each of the most populous religions in Michigan."
The letter asks that the state not schedule mandated exams on those holidays, and that flexibility be given to local school districts to change the exam schedule if needed to be consistent with local culture.
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