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NYC public schools to close on 2 Muslim holidays

March 4, 2015 Associated Press
Bill de Blasio announced that NYC schools will close next year for two Muslim holidays. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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The New York City public school system is set to observe a pair of Muslim holidays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the system will close for Eid al-Adha for the first time next September.

Summer school will also close for Eid-al-Fitr in 2016.

These are the first Muslim holidays to be recognized by the nation’s largest school system, which educates 1.1 million kids.

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De Blasio said the change would mean that “hundreds of thousands” of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between sending their kids to school or observing the holidays.

The mayor made the announcement at a Brooklyn school where more than one-third of students were absent last Eid al-Adha.

This story updated here.

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