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Outrage: Schools Consider MLK As Make-Up Day

From a furious USA Today:

Snow make-up day or MLK Day?

Robert King | January 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The heavy snow that wiped out a week of school earlier this month is now claiming a new casualty in at least a dozen, mostly suburban school districts — Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

So even Martin Luther King Jr. Day could be the victim of global warming.

Faced with a lost week because of snow and tight calendars the rest of the year, several school districts are using Monday’s holiday as a makeup day.

Only one public school district in Marion County will be in session Monday, in part because district officials wanted to squeeze in as many days of classes before ISTEP testing as possible…


In this snowy season, school districts have almost universally turned to Presidents Day for use as a makeup day. Less common, though, is the use of Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a national holiday shared by all, but of particular importance to many in the African-American community.

And doing so, some contend, sends a potentially troubling message.

The decision to work through the King holiday is one that Mark Russell, director of education, family services and housing at the Indianapolis Urban League [sic], considers insensitive to the holiday and the struggle it represents.

"Given the history of this nation and the unique role that race and race relations has played from its inception, this one long-hard-fought-for holiday — I would hope there would be some recognition that this is not just another holiday," he said.

The decision to treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a regular school day also has the potential to reinforce what some believe is a too-widely held and misguided notion; that it is only a holiday for the black community…

Many of the suburban districts forgoing the holiday for the sake of making up a snow day have black student populations of less than 3 percent. Avon, with a 10 percent black student population, is an exception…

That is not to say that no predominantly white school districts are observing the holiday. At least four are among the districts that will take the day off…

Annie Roof, president of the IPS School Board, where more than half the student population is black, said she considers the subject taboo. "It is an important day," she said. "That is an important piece of history that a lot of these families have lived through and that we need to recognize." …

Even with working through the King holiday and Presidents Day, students in Franklin Township will be in school right up until graduation day on May 29. If they lose more days to snow, the district will be asking seniors to come to school after they’ve been handed a diploma. Interfering with spring break wasn’t considered an option, Reichanadter said.

As to remembering Martin Luther King, [Flora Reicha­nadter, superintendent of Franklin Township Schools] said many schools in the district have activities planned around the holiday and into next month, some of which she expects to be carried out Monday, when school is in session.

"What better time to celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," she said, "but to have kids in school to talk about it." …

We suspect they would rather have the day off.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Outrage: Schools Consider MLK As Make-Up Day”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    If the Marines are teaching female recruits about make-up and couponing, why not The Churlden, too?

    Not that kind of make-up? Huh?

    Read it for yourself .. http://goo.gl/LHQMWp

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