Colorado To Stop Counting Students On Holy Days

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado schools will stop taking official student enrollment counts on religious holidays.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Thursday that would cover Jewish and Muslim holidays so those students get counted for school funding.

According to the Denver Post, the state's official count date for pupil enrollment and school funding on Oct. 1 occasionally falls during the Jewish High Holy Days of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana. Observant Jews do not work or go to school on sacred days, which are floating dates on the calendar.

Supporters say it will also benefit Muslim families that observe fall holy days.

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  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    The only thing we should give Muslim familys is a one way ticket back to their mud hut country...!
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      by Lorelei on Mar 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to DanReeves
      I have a feeling most live here...There are American Muslims you know.
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        by Cya on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to Lorelei
        Idiots like him don't care.
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        by Seriously on Mar 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Lorelei
        Seriously?! IS that like European Americans?
  • by Lorelei on Mar 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    What about Buddhists, Pagans, Wiccans..and Atheists? I would prefer not to go to work on full moon nights, given the number of loonies out there..would that work too?Hell, let's not count kids at all, there are more and more...and they go to school less and less.
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      by Cya on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM in reply to Lorelei
      Us normal folk don't go to school at night. Thanks for playing.
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        by Citizen K on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:15 PM in reply to Cya
  • by DG Location: Pueblo on Mar 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    Oh so now religion plays a part in the school system. A system where the Pledge of Allegiance can not be said because of the word GOD. Sound like some religions are given preference now.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to DG
      This has absolutely nothing to do with seperation of church and state or preference of religions. Student counts determine the funding that a school recieves and if the counting day happens to fall on a religious holiday where some students may be out observing, the school gets less money. This will keep that from happening. It's a common sense measure and your reactionary response shows nothing but an inability to comprehend even a basic news article.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 02:43 PM in reply to DG
      God wasn't in the pledge of allegience until the '50s because to the red scare.
  • by Hawg Driver Location: Califorado Springs, Mexiforado on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:56 AM
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      by Disgusted on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to Hawg Driver
      Seems like common sense, to me. But then, you probably don't have any.
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