Relates to required attendance at schools.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to required attendances
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To require boards of education or trustees to determine whether school should be closed on a day where, if school were to be in session, student absenteeism would result in a waste of educational resources.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The Education Law is amended by adding a new section paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 3210 to provide that boards of education or trustees must make a determination as to whether school should be closed on a day where a considerable proportion of students would not likely be in attendance because of a religious or cultural day of observance and holding school session would therefore result in a waste of educational resources.
It may be impractical and a waste of educational resources to hold school session on a day where a considerable proportion of students will not be in attendance due to religious or cultural holidays. One example of this impracticality and waste of educational resources may occur for some schools that hold session on Lunar New Year day which traditionally occurs in late January or early February. It is one of the most significant cultural holidays for Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and other Asian ethnic groups. It is a traditional time of reunion and celebration with family and friends. While Lunar New Year day is recognized as an official day of commemoration in New York, public schools that have a considerable proportion of students that do not attend school due to this cultural holiday do not close for that day. It may be impractical to keep the public schools open in Asian communities when there is a significant number of students and instructors who take the day off. In Queens County, Asians presently comprise nearly 23 percent of the total 2.2 million Queens residents. In some areas of the state, such as, Flushing, Queens the Asian population represents over 57 percent of the total population. This legislation would require boards of education or trustees to make a determination relating to closing school on religious or cultural holidays, such as Lunar New Year day, to avoid considerable absenteeism and the waste of educational resources.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
To be determined.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6688 IN SENATE February 27, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to required attendances THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 3210 of the educa- tion law, as amended by chapter 821 of the laws of 1947, is amended to read as follows: b. (I) Absence for religious observance and education shall be permit- ted under rules that the commissioner shall establish. (II) IN ADDITION, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER SCHOOL SESSION SHOULD NOT BE HELD AT AN INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, OR DISTRICT-WIDE, ON A DAY WHERE, IF SCHOOL WERE IN SESSION, ABSENTEEISM MAY RESULT IN THE WASTE OF EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES BECAUSE A CONSIDERABLE PROPORTION OF THE STUDENT POPULATION IS UNLIKELY TO ATTEND BECAUSE OF A RELIGIOUS OR CULTURAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03041-01-3