The weather-related cancellations of school and in-service days Monday served as a disappointing reminder of how many Kansas school districts still do not treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day as the federal holiday that it is — and has been for 21 years. At least in the case of the holdoutUtah Legislature, the holiday conflicts with a state constitutional mandate to convene on the third Monday in January. But it’s past time for Kansas schools to do as Wichita and some other districts do, and shut down to, as President Bush’s 2007 proclamation suggested, properly "honor the memory of a man who stirred the conscience of a nation."
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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