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For Some Students in the South, a King Day Lacking That ‘Holiday’ Feature By KIM SEVERSON and ROBBIE BROWN Published: January 14, 2011 ATLANTA — Put yourself in the shoes of Michael Murray, the associate superintendent of a small school district in the North Carolina foothills. He has to provide 180 days of education for his 6,000 students by June 10. This past week of unusually brutal ice and snow in the South put the district behind schedule, and he suspects that more snow days are coming. By state law, the only holiday he cannot cancel is Veterans Day . His solution? Make children go to school on Monday, the day when most of the nation’s schools are closed to observe Martin Luther King ’s Birthday. In the South, where establishing an official holiday for Dr. King was long in coming, that kind of move can be particularly controversial. But administrators in a handful of districts in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina say they have no choice. That is not going over well with some parents and politicians.
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