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The Local : Parents Angered by Spring Vacation Dates Protest at Sun Valley School

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports</i>

A group of parents angry that spring vacation this year begins two weeks after Easter Sunday staged a protest against the Los Angeles Unified School District today at a Sun Valley elementary school.

“We as Christians are fighting the change,” said John Barnwell, a parent who lead the protest at Vinedale Elementary School. ". . . Most people who believe in God believe that this is the most important week in Christian history.”

Barnwell said he is asking parents to keep their children home during Holy Week, which this year begins March 20. Easter falls within a 35-day period between March 22 and April 25 each year.

The school board, in an agreement reached with the Los Angeles teachers union last year, scheduled spring vacation to begin halfway in the 20-week semester. “We believe that is most educationally sound,” said Don Schrack, a spokesman for United Teachers-Los Angeles.

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