senate Bill S5862

Relates to required attendance at schools

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
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  • 18 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • RECOMMIT, ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN

Summary

Relates to required attendance at schools.

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Bill Details

See other versions of this Bill:
A7756
, S6688
Versions:
S5862
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3210, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A10392, A10392

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BILL NUMBER:S5862

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.

JUSTIFICATION:

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.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5862

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

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

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