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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lhota And De Blasio Agree - NYC Schools Should Be Closed On Muslim Holidays

From the Daily News:

No matter who is elected mayor next month, city kids will likely find two new vacation days on the school calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the holiest days of the Muslim year.

Both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota say schools should close on the two holidays, just as they do for major Jewish and Christian days.

It's a matter of "respect" for a religion practiced by an estimated 13 percent of city school kids, de Blasio said Wednesday at a campaign rally with Muslim groups in Brooklyn.

Lhota said he's been calling for to close schools on the two days throughout his campaign. "We have a growing Muslim community in the city of New York and their religion needs to be respected as all other religions are respected," he said Wednesday.

Lhota says the school year will be extended by two days to accommodate adding the Muslim holidays.

Bloomberg said he was opposed to adding thew Muslim holidays to the calendar because "the truth of the matter is we need more school days, not less."

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