CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Public school students in Cambridge,
Mass., return to class today after getting Monday off for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.
The Cambridge school system is believed to be the first in
Massachusetts to give all students a day off for a Muslim holiday.
The day off was approved by the school committee last year because of the district's sizeable Muslim population.
Superintendent Jeffrey Young told The Boston Globe that honoring
the holiday is in line with the district's values of "inclusion and respect."
School committee member Marc McGovern says he got some criticism and even threats when he approved the holiday.
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