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Rhode Island teachers sue to be allowed Good Friday off as religious holiday
Rhode Island teachers sue to be allowed Good Friday off as religious holiday

Anne McLaughlin has done the same thing on Good Friday for more than 30 years: She takes the day off and attends church, where she spends the afternoon reflecting on her faith. But when the Rhode Island high school teacher requested April 3 off as one of two days of religious observance Cranston Public Schools employees are allowed each year, the answer was no. Instead, she was asked to provide documentation that church attendance was mandatory during the workday. "I was shocked. Observing Good Friday is central to my Catholic identity," McLaughlin, 56, said of the day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. "Reflecting and praying from noon to 4 is something that...

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