City's public schools to close for 2 Muslim holidays

The mayor says Muslim students will no longer have to choose between religious holidays and their education.

The mayor says Muslim students will no longer have to choose between religious holidays and their education. (3/4/15)

NEW YORK - For the first time in the city's history, public schools will observe two Muslim holidays. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Wednesday that starting in September, the school system will close every year for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. 

The mayor said it's about showing respect for the Muslim community.

De Blasio added that the change means hundreds of thousands of Muslim families will no longer have to choose between sending their kids to school or celebrating the holidays. 

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