Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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New Jersey School Board Backtracks on Decision to Remove Holiday Names From Calendar

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The school board in Randolph Township in Morris County, New Jersey, has reversed a decision to erase all holiday names from the school calendar following backlash from parents. Randolph’s Board of Education on Monday night voted to restore the names of holidays, admitting in a statement that the decision was made “without proper consideration.” “The very essence of education is to learn, to grow and to apply lessons learned,” the district said, promising that in the future, a review committee will seek community input before proposing any changes to the calendar. Earlier this month, the board unanimously approved to no longer mark holidays by their names on the district’s 2021-2022 calendar, meaning that all public and religious holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur, will simply be listed as “days off.” The move came in response to a previous effort to replace Columbus Day with an “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in …

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