assembly Bill A6797

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing certain cultural and religious observances as school holidays

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Mar 20, 2019 referred to education

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A6797 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4038
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §3204-a, amd §3604, Ed L

A6797 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to establishing Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Diwali, Vaisakhi, Good Friday and Onam as school holidays.

A6797 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6797

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 20, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by M. of A. SOLAGES, WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to  establishing  certain
  school holidays

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 3204-a
to read as follows:
  § 3204-A. CULTURAL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. 1. THE FOLLOWING CULTURAL OR RELI-
GIOUS HOLIDAYS SHALL BE  SCHOOL  HOLIDAYS  FOR  ANY  SCHOOLS  OR  SCHOOL
DISTRICTS  WHERE  THE  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION  OR TRUSTEES DETERMINES SUCH
SCHOOLS OR DISTRICTS HAVE  A  SIGNIFICANT  POPULATION  OF  STUDENTS  WHO
OBSERVE  SUCH  DAYS:  EID  AL-FITR,  EID AL-ADHA, DIWALI, VAISAKHI, GOOD
FRIDAY AND ONAM.
  2. A SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVING A POPULATION  EQUAL  TO  OR  GREATER  THAN
SEVEN  AND  ONE-HALF  PERCENT OF PERSONS OR ETHNIC GROUPS, IDENTIFIED BY
THE UNITED STATES CENSUS BUREAU IN  THE  MOST  RECENT  DECENNIAL  UNITED
STATES  CENSUS,  WHICH OBSERVE THE RESPECTIVE HOLIDAYS NAMED IN SUBDIVI-
SION ONE OF THIS SECTION ARE HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO CAUSE ALL
PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITHIN SUCH DISTRICT TO BE CLOSED ON SUCH DAYS.
  § 2. Section 3604 of the education law is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 7-c to read as follows:
  7-C.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, FOR PURPOSES OF ANY
CALCULATION UNDER SUBDIVISION  SEVEN  OR  EIGHT  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
COMMISSIONER  SHALL DISREGARD ANY REDUCTION RESULTING FROM OBSERVANCE OF
EID AL-FITR, EID AL-ADHA, DIWALI, VAISAKHI, GOOD FRIDAY AND ONAM AND, IF
NECESSARY, SUCH OBSERVED HOLIDAYS SHALL BE CALCULATED AS SESSION DAYS.
  § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of July  next  succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10085-03-9

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