Baltimore votes against school closings on Muslim holidays

Baltimore votes against school closings on Muslim holidays

[Ed. – A bit surprised by this one.  A few miles away, in Montgomery County, officials decided a couple of years ago to can all the authorized days off for students based on religious holidays.  ]

The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-5 against closing schools for two Muslim holidays when they fall on school days.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Muslim community had advocated for more than a decade to close Baltimore schools on the Islamic holidays of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

The vote followed a heated discussion among school board members as dozens of Muslims waited in the audience. The results of the vote prompted shouts of “Injustice!” by some in attendance, and the board had to call a five-minute recess before continuing.

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