Baltimore County Schools to Continue Study of Religious Holiday Issue

Despite rejecting a move to close schools on certain Muslim holidays, Baltimore County school board members said they aren’t dropping the issue.

The decision to continue examining when schools should close for religious holidays came after a contentious meeting at which the board voted 6-5 not to grant the holiday closures requested by members of the Muslim community.

Before they voted, board members heard lengthy and emotional commentary from supporters and opponents of Muslim holidays in county public schools.

Muslim leaders were stung by the defeat of a decades-long effort to have their holy days recognized on the school calendar. They denounced the vote and predicted that it would further marginalize Muslim students.