Columbus Day was renamed in one NJ school district. That sparked a firestorm

Randolph school board reverses decision after outcry

Many cities and school districts are renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. When the Randolph school board followed suit, it was met with strong opposition. Subsequently, the board voted to remove all holidays from the school calendar, replacing them instead with “day off.” That in turn led to another firestorm.

At a crowded school board meeting Monday night, diversity, discrimination and cultural pride were all part of the debate — and the Randolph school board reversed itself again, adding Columbus Day back to the school calendar in addition to all other state and federal holidays.

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