S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
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.