...It was decided after an Islamic group requested an official student holiday for Eid-Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. The panel also decided last week to drop student holidays for Yom Kippur and Good Friday, and designating what had been the Christmas/New Year's break as the "Winter Holiday".The thing about the Florida constitution is that it mandates a policy of "all or none", either every group gets the same privileges, or no one gets them. Given all the time lost to hurricanes, school boards can't continue to schedule school holidays and still meet requirements, even though school starts in August in most Florida districts. The demands of the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test, No Child Left Behind, and the probability of severe hurricane seasons are making schools expand the school year. The "Summer Holiday" may become a memory from childhood in the not too distant future.
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