Compromise Reached in GA Public Schools for Holiday

October 27, 2004

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

On October 27, 2004 Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, "Muslim students in Gwinnett County schools would be excused for Friday afternoon prayer under a tentative compromise reached Wednesday by Muslim leaders and officials in Georgia's largest school system. School officials proposed three options. Muslim leaders plan to circulate the choices at five Gwinnett mosques this weekend and choose one by next week. The compromise grew out a 90-minute meeting between Gwinnett Schools chief of staff Bobby Crowson, two local Muslim officials and Khalid Rashied, the father of two students at Duluth High School. Three years ago, Rashied couldn't get the school to excuse his eldest son from the final class period to attend the juma'a prayer required of Muslims on Friday afternoons. Rashied renewed his request this year and enlisted the help of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which set up the meeting Wednesday."