New Jersey School Board Cancels All Holiday Names From Calendar, Opts For “Day Off”

The Board of Education in Randolph, N.J. voted last Thursday to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar and switched everything to “Day Off”.

According to tapintoit.net, this started with a social media uproar earlier this month in response to the board changing the name of the Columbus Day Holiday on the school calendar at the May 13th meeting. 

Members of various Italian American organizations, including UNICO and the Knights of Columbus, came out to speak against the decision. 

New Jersey Senator Anthony Bucco spoke at the June 10th meeting, asking the board to “reconsider and reverse” their decision.

On Sunday the Italian American One Voice Coalition rallied against the decision, where holidays would be written as a “Day Off.” In May, the board voted on renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. Members of the Italian American One Voice Coalition say this is an insult to Italian Americans of this state.

The group is demanding that the Board of Education reverse the decision to remove all named holidays from its calendar.

Now a petition has been launched, calling for all board members to resign.

“Jen Fano and all of the Board of Education Members have disgraced our community and clearly do not have the best interests of our children in anything they do. They represent everything that is wrong in education today and are completely incompetent in every aspect of their role,” said the petition.

More than 2,400 people have signed the Change.org petition calling for the resignations.

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