Dearborn School District May Lose Funding Over Absences on Eid-ul-Adha

January 7, 2006

Source: Lansing State Journal

On January 7, 2006 the Lansing State Journal reported, "Dearborn Public Schools could lose an estimated $100,000 in funding next week because of a misunderstanding about the exact dates of the three-day Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha. About 30 percent to 35 percent of the districts' students may stay home from school to celebrate the holiday. According to David Mustonen, district communications coordinator, any school day when attendance dips below 75 percent, the state can cut funding. The district had allowed three days off, Wednesday through Friday, for the holiday, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. But determining the exact date of the holiday is tricky, depending on the setting of the moon abroad and other variables. After local Muslim officials made calls to Saudi Arabia, it was determined that the holiday is actually Tuesday, said Mustonen... Dearborn school officials are weighing two solutions. One would be by district belt tightening. The second would be to make up the school day during a previously planned teacher training day, when teachers already are scheduled to be present but students were scheduled to be off."