The Millburn Board of Education tabled a motion Monday night to vote on adding two religious holidays to next year's school calendar.
The issue has been debated for months and more than 300 people have even signed a petition to push the district to acknowledge the Lunar New Year and Diwali on the school calendar.
Board member John Westfall-Kwong's motion on Monday to "reaffirm diversity" in the district was ultimately tabled, but sparked a conversation among board members and residents, according to NorthJersey.com.
Residents reminded board members of Millburn's large Asian population and the importance to educate and practice diversity.
One middle school student noted none of his friends are aware of the Chinese New Year and the celebrations and rituals interrupt school hours.
"Are we the others in this country? We are equal citizens and should be treated as such,” one outraged parent said.
However, the board is still seeking a policy that will act as a consistent process to balance religion and education for present and future boards.
Some Millburn PTO members have created international night at Deerfield, Glenwood and other elementary schools, to incorporate these cultures in the school communities even if it's not officially recognized on the district calendar.