In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration
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With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year.
Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off).
While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, is upset that the Lunar New Year is still not designated as a Public School holiday. Despite its great significance within the Chinatown community. As it stands, there is only a law that requires the Department of Education to consider closing schools if the celebration is likely to result in a considerable proportion of students being absent.
She put out the following statement yesterday in response:
I am very pleased that Mayor de Blasio has designated Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha as official public school holidays, because this shows the deep respect our city has for the Muslim community.
Lunar New Year—an equally important time for the Asian-American community—has not yet been designated as an official public school holiday. Asian-American families across the city are still forced to choose between celebrating this annual holiday and sending their children to school.
I believe that Mayor de Blasio has previously expressed his support for designating Lunar New Year as an official public school holiday.
I will continue to discuss this issue with Mayor de Blasio and his staff, and I will do everything in my power to advocate for the designation of Lunar New Year as an official public school holiday for 2016 and beyond.
Do you think schoolchildren should get the day off for Lunar New Year?