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Muslim Families Push for Montgomery School Holiday


GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP)- Muslim families in Montgomery County are pushing to make the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha a full-fledged school holiday.

Muslim leaders have started a petition in recent weeks and have won support from some elected leaders and religious groups.

This year, the holiday falls on Tuesday. Some families plan to keep their children home from school. They say school is closed for Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Sharim says she doesn't feel equal to others who get their holidays off. Former state legislator and co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition Saqib Ali says this is a civil rights issue.

School officials say they give excused absences to students who are absent for religious holidays.

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