NORWALK, CT (AP / CBSNewYork) – A Norwalk city council member with the backing of local veterans groups is asking the city’s education board to reconsider its decision to eliminate Veterans Day as a school holiday.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau: The Superintendent Wanted More Classroom Time

Councilor Kelly Straniti says she contacted the Board of Education after veterans opposed to the calendar change asked her to get involved.

Dan Caporale of the Norwalk Veterans Committee says it’s a great opportuity for kids to learn that their freedoms are owed to the men and women who fought for them.

“Think of what you have in this country that other countries don’t have and why veterans shed blood for you,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

The change was adopted earlier this month at the recommendation of Superintendent Susan Marks, who wanted more classroom time for students. Some of that classroom time would be spent educating students on the importance of Veterans Day.

Alfred Scudder, chairman of the Norwalk Veterans Committee, tells The Hour newspaper that the decision was “crazy.”

Board of Education Chairman Jack Chiaramonte says no disrespect was meant and he’s willing to listen to the veterans’ concerns.

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