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Add a Muslim holiday? Remove a Jewish one? Schools debate calendars as diversity increases
by Donna St. George
It came as a victory to many in the Muslim community when a Maryland school district decided to shift its calendar so that students would be sure to have a day off on Eid al-Adha, one of the faith's two major holidays.
Hindu leaders in Montgomery County soon came forward to ask about Diwali. Then the board got a request about Lunar New Year.
The challenge of how to create an inclusive school calendar — balancing fairness, logistics and legal constraints — has increasingly become an issue for school districts nationwide as they grow more diverse and as religious minorities become more vocal.
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