NJ school district to observe Muslim holidays

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - August 10, 2010

The South Brunswick school board has approved closing for the end of Ramadan and for the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

The board also recognized the Hindu new year, Diwali.

School board president Matthew Speesler says it was time. Speesler says some parents were upset that there were too many holidays already on the school calendar.

The New Jersey School Boards Association says 10 of the state's nearly 600 districts recognize Muslim holy days as official school holidays.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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