Eid al-Adha

July 20, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

5 Things to Know Today, July 20, In Montgomery County

It’s Tuesday, July 20, and Muslim people around the world are celebrating the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha, which is the “Festival of Sacrifice.” In the meantime, here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. Council in Virtual Session: Montgomery County Council meets at 9:30 a.m. Here’s a look at the meeting’s agenda. The meeting will […]

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December 14, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

Board of Education Sets MCPS 2016-2017 School Calendar (PHOTO)

After postponing the decision last week, the Montgomery County Board of Education set the school year calendar for 2016-2017 on Dec. 14th. The school year will begin on Aug. 29, 2016 and end on June 16, 2016. According to a news release, “Based on concerns expressed about the earlier start of school on Wednesday, August 24, […]

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November 12, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

Syed Shaukat on Board of Education Vote to Close School for Students on Eid Holiday (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Board of Education recently voted to move a professional day from the 2016-2017 school calendar year to September 12, 2016. It’s an important victory for the Muslim community since Eid al-Adha could fall on the same day. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Syed Shaukat, Islamic Society of North America Adviser, talks about the vote […]

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November 10, 2015 | Maureen Chowdhury

BOE Votes to Move Professional Day to Accommodate Muslim Holiday (VIDEO)

Montgomery County School Board members voted 6 to 2 in favor of  moving a Professional Day from the 2016-2017 school year to September 12, 2016, which may coincide with the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha. This is a major victory for the county’s Muslim community, after years of petitioning for equality on this issue. In this MyMCMedia Extra […]

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November 13, 2014 | Krista Brick

MCPS Board of Education

Local, National Spotlight on MCPS Calendar Decision (VIDEO)

The Montgomery County Board of Education vote to remove references to religion on the school system calendar has thrust the county into the national media and locally caused some strong opinions about the decision. As CNN and the New York Daily News among others covered the controversy over the decision to take off Christmas, Easter, […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Board of Education Table photo

MCPS Removes All References to Religion on School Calendar

Next year’s Montgomery County schools’ calendar will list days off of school but will not associate those days with specific religious holidays. That’s the decision of the Montgomery County Board of Education in a vote of 7-1 (with Mike Durso dissenting). Board member Rebecca Smondrowski made the motion Tuesday afternoon that deletes any mention of […]

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November 11, 2014 | Krista Brick

Proposed School Calendar Removes Jewish Holiday, Keeps Muslim Holiday Off

Students may still be off school when the Jewish holidays of  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are  celebrated next year, but they may not be listed on the calendar that way. The Montgomery County Board of Education is considering a change to next year’s school calendar that would leave off the name of these two Jewish holidays […]

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September 6, 2013 | Tamika Smith

Campaign For Muslims Seeks Fair Treatment on Holy Days Off (Video)

A new online campaign is pushing for a change on the Montgomery County Public Schools calendar. Equality for Eid is asking for schools to close on two major holidays in the Muslim community—Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Take a look: Saqib Ali, a Co-Chair of Equality for Eid, is encouraging the Muslim community to stay […]

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