Earlier this year, the City Council passed a resolution to dismiss school for the two major Muslim holidays. At the time, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg indicated he was adamantly opposed to the idea, saying, "If you close the schools for every single holiday, there won't be any school."
But since then, the mayor's staff has indicated that his stance has softened, said Faiza Ali, the community affairs director of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"Incorporating the holidays will have a minimal impact on the public school system because the two Muslim holidays follow a lunar calendar," Ms. Ali said. "For example, this year, Id al-Fitr will fall on Rosh Hashana, an already recognized holiday within the system." (More)