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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