My god it gets worse by the day, were in a near depression with record unemployment, toxic debt and broke and these aholes worry about this?????
Denise Carlin AKA Mrs. Claus, the principal at Pinewoods Elementary gets a hug from kindergartner, Angel Guzman,5, on Wednesday 12/21/2011. It was the last day of classes for Lee County Schools before Winter Break and Carlin and the assistant principal were visiting the students and handing out candy canes. State Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, has filed a bill that would require Florida School districts to call the winter break "Christmas Break." Carlin says they recognizes all holidays.Show Caption
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Two Florida senators have filed Christmas-themed legislation. The next session of the Florida Legislature starts Jan. 10.
Senate Bill 1136: Requires that school districts refer to the period during which school is not in session and which includes Christmas Day as Christmas Break rather than Winter Break. Filed by Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville. Effective date: July 1, 2012.
Senate Resolution 300: Recognizes “Merry Christmas” as the State of Florida’s official greeting for December 25. Filed by Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando.
Last day at Pinewoods Elementary before winter break
Lee and Collier county students grabbed their books Wednesday, bolted out of school and ran toward winter break vacation. Or is it Christmas break?
State Sen. Steve Wise, R-Jacksonville, has filed a bill that would require all 67 Florida school districts to call the annual December/January hiatus “Christmas” break instead of winter break, which he believes is politically correct. Wise, who chairs an education committee, said students are off from today to Jan. 5 because of Christmas and it should be called such.
Wise’s bill is part of a larger national debate about Christmas references going mainstream. Walgreens, Best Buy, Disney, Target, Kohl’s and other big retailers are embracing Christmas references this year, according to the American Family Association.
Non-Christians and atheists aren’t happy Christmas is getting top billing. Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday that remembers Jews’ struggles for religious freedom, started Tuesday and continues until Dec. 28. Kwanzaa, which honors African-American heritage, runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
“Public school is designed and catered to all children from all religions,” said Rabbi Yossi Labkowski of Chabad of Cape Coral, who estimates about 30,000 Jews live in Southwest Florida. “By calling it Christmas break, you’re excluding those children from other religions.”
Wise argues that the majority of Americans celebrate Christmas. According to a July ABC News poll, 83 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. Thirteen percent have no religion. About 4 percent identify with non-Christian religions .
Wise’s legislation is one of two Christmas-themed measures in the Legislature, which will start its next session Jan. 10. State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has proposed a resolution to make “Merry Christmas” the official state greeting for Dec. 25.
Derek Newton, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said the measures are an unnecessary distraction from the Legislature’s important business.
“It seems unnecessary to be intentionally dismissive of millions of Floridians and students who don’t celebrate Christmas,” Newton said. “Having said that, if the state sees it as a priority, they are free to name vacations whatever they like.”