Board favors secular calendar
The Hillsborough School Board appears ready to approve a school calendar that does not recognize any religious holidays, including Good Friday.
In a workshop Tuesday, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia and a strong majority of School Board members endorsed a secular calendar for the 2007-08 school year.
It would eliminate existing holidays that coincide with Good Friday, the Monday after Easter and the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
Last year, the School Board approved a similar calendar, only to reverse their vote after an outcry from some members of the community that echoed nationally. This year, school officials say they have done a better job explaining their rationale to the public.
- Letitia Stein, Hillsborough County education reporter