There won’t be a Memorial Day vacation day in Leander, Texas—at least not one for the students in Leander’s schools.
The suburban Austin, Texas school district chose to make Memorial Day one of their “make-up” days for inclement weather closings. With two ice days this month, Leander Independent School District will now be holding classes on Memorial Day unless the school board takes action at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
One concerned parent is James Crabtree, now a reserve officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Crabtree told Breitbart News:
My battalion lost ten good Marines when we were in Iraq. Memorial Day is the one day our nation has set aside to honor their memory and the memory of all who have given their lives in our armed forces. For the school board to choose to hold school on this day, rather than adding it to the end of the year or using three scheduled “staff development” days, is wrong and unpatriotic.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Leander ISD’s Executive Director for School and Community Relations, Veronica Sopher, said there was no disrespect intended to any veterans or families of veterans lost in combat.
“We are bound by state law and teachers’ contracts,” Sopher explained, “as to when the start of school will be and how many holidays can be scheduled. We have very little flexibility on when we can schedule make-up days for educational days that are lost because of weather.”
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