Hold school on Columbus Day?

[VIDEO] The Evanston/Skokie District 65 school board held a hearing Tuesday on whether it should request a waiver from the state so it could hold classes on Columbus Day.

The district’s calendar committee recommended the change to reduce fragmentation of the school year. The shift would permit taking a different day off instead and would not change the number of days in the school year.

Rhonda Present, a District 65 parent and head of the working parents advocacy group ParentsWork.org spoke in favor of the change.

But Dorothy Millard, head of the district’s teachers union, said teachers surveyed were not in favor of holiday waivers.

Millard said she didn’t understand why the board was pursuing the issue, which she said would create "controvery and divisiveness among teachers, parents and the community."

The board is scheduled to take action on the Columbus Day proposal at its next meeting, on Monday, March 16.

Meeting video courtesy of the Evanston Community Media Center.

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