City's public schools to close for 2 Muslim holidays

The mayor says Muslim students will no longer have to choose between religious holidays and their education.

The mayor says Muslim students will no longer have to choose between religious holidays and their education. (3/4/15)

BAY RIDGE - For the first time in the city's history, public schools will observe two Muslim holidays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina were at P.S./I.S 30 in Bay Ridge Wednesday to announce that schools will close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The holidays will start being observed next school year.

The mayor said it's about showing respect for the Muslim community.

De Blasio added that the change means hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between sending their kids to school or celebrating the holidays.

The city's department of education joins other school districts across the country that close for Muslim holidays every year.

About 12 percent of the New York City public school system is Muslim.

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