NYC Public Schools to Close on 2 Muslim Holidays

NEW YORK (AP) -

The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall.

The city’s 1.1 million-pupil system will close on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, and on Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

“Hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between honoring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The new calendar will keep the total number of school days unchanged at 182: the state-mandated 180 plus two more in case there are snow days.