- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Cranston teachers will be allowed to observe Good Friday despite objections from the city’s school department.

A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off as long as they submit a request no later than April 1. The order says the school department can neither discipline teachers for requesting the day off nor deduct their pay.

About 200 teachers contacted their union earlier this month to report that they were being prevented from observing Good Friday. They filed a lawsuit March 16.

Attorney Kevin Daley says the order temporarily allows the teachers to observe Good Friday. He says a full hearing will determine whether the teachers can observe the holiday going forward.

School superintendent Judith Lundsten did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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