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Absentee figures may hinder school holiday effort

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 1:38pm  ET

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Absentee figures for a recent Islamic holy day may make it difficult for Muslim leaders in Montgomery County to persuade officials to make Eid al-Adha an official school holiday.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1bzloQJ ) that district officials say absentee figures don't show abnormally high rates of absenteeism on Oct. 15.

The board of education considers the school calendar at its Tuesday meeting. High rates of absence are a potential basis for adding a holiday.

District figures showed 5.6 percent of students and 5 percent of teachers were absent on Eid al-Adha. A week earlier, 3.2 percent of students and 4.2 percent of teachers were absent.

Saqib Ali, co- chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, says school officials did not release enough data and more will be requested.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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