State Senate Passes Bill to Push Lunar New Year School Holiday
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Lunar New Year Parade 2014, view from the bridge;
New York City school children are one leap closer to having an additional day off. Local politicians continue applying pressure for the Department of Education to recognize the observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Earlier this week, the New York State Senate approved the bill that would require the DOE to close schools if the holiday is “likely to result in a considerable portion of students being absent.” The State Assembly already stamped its approval of the bill back in February.
The bill does not officially become law until Governor Cuomo scrawls his John Hancock.
State Senator Squadron noted in the press announcement:
[Tuesday’s] passage of the bill to push Lunar New Year school holiday is an important recognition by the state Legislature of the choice faced by so many families—celebrating the most important day of the year, or missing a day of school. It will also make the City Department of Education more responsive to changes in our city’s diverse makeup and ensure that each year’s 180 school days are as effective as possible.
Fortunately, NYC schools are already closed for winter recess during next year’s Lunar New Year, and I thank the City for that. I look forward to working closely with Mayor de Blasio to fully implement this measure so that New York City’s public school students no longer have to choose between their most important cultural holidays and missing class. I am pleased to work with Speaker Silver, Congresswoman Meng, Assemblymember Kim, and Senator Golden to advance this legislation that will resonate from Chinatown to Flushing and throughout New York City.