CAIR Sends Letter Requesting College Board Avoid Scheduling AP Exams on Eid al-Fitr

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/1/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today sent a letter to College Board President Jeremy Singer requesting that that organization avoid scheduling Advanced Placement (AP) exams on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr in 2021.

AP exams typically take place during the first two weeks of May. In 2021, Eid al-Fitr is expected to fall on Thursday, May 13 – during this testing window.

[NOTE: Eid al-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid al-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

Some school districts with significantly large Muslim student populations, like Howard County Public Schools in Maryland, give students the day off for Eid al-Fitr, along with Jewish and Christian holidays. This grants students equity and allows them to be able to observe the holiday without being marked absent or missing classroom instruction.

However, through conversations with school officials, it has come to CAIR’s attention that school boards will not approve closing schools for students on Eid al-Fitr if it coincides with an AP exam date. If schools were to close, buses would not run, creating an equity issue for non-Muslim students trying to get to school and take their exams as scheduled.

“We are seeking a fair and equitable solution that will allow Muslim students to achieve academic success without sacrificing their religious beliefs and without impacting students of other faiths,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We respectfully request that the College Board take into account the tens of thousands of Muslim students who will be impacted by Eid al-Fitr when scheduling AP exams for 2021.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com


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