senate Bill S6688

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to required attendance at schools

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    • Passed Assembly
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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 approval memo.15
signed chap.491
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
May 13, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.264
substituted for s6688
May 13, 2014 substituted by a7756
Mar 13, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 12, 2014 2nd report cal.
Mar 11, 2014 1st report cal.264
Feb 27, 2014 referred to education

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S6688 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7756
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง3210, Ed L

S6688 - Bill Texts

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Relates to required attendance at schools.

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BILL NUMBER:S6688

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6688

                            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.
                                                           LBD03041-01-3

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