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Valley Stream school board OKs Muslim holy day as school holiday
by Bart Jones
The Valley Stream Central High School District is the latest school system on Long Island to recognize a Muslim or Hindu holy day as a school holiday, and did so partly in response to what its board president called attacks on Muslims by President Donald Trump.
The district's board of education voted 9-0 Tuesday night to make Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest days of the year for Muslims, a school holiday in the next academic year. It will fall on June 15, 2018.
Cristobal Stewart, president of the high school district's board, said there was growing community support to make Eid al-Fitr a school holiday, and Trump's rhetoric and travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries made it even more imperative.
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