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A01275 Summary:

COSPNSRLee, Davila, Paulin, Reyes, Sillitti, Bores, Dilan, Dinowitz, McMahon, Braunstein, Kelles, Lunsford, Stirpe, Dickens, Fall, Burgos, Gallagher, Levenberg, De Los Santos, Lucas, Simone, Shrestha, Rajkumar, Rivera, Raga, Glick, Clark, Taylor, Gibbs, Rozic, Mamdani, O'Donnell, Zaccaro, Cunningham, Kim, Rosenthal L, Sayegh, Cruz, Bendett, Maher, Zinerman, Seawright, Epstein, Hevesi, Burdick, Weinstein
Amd 3604 & 3635, Ed L
Declares Asian Lunar New Year a public holiday.
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A01275 Actions:

01/13/2023referred to governmental operations
06/05/2023amend (t) and recommit to governmental operations
06/05/2023print number 1275a
06/06/2023reference changed to ways and means
06/08/2023reported referred to rules
06/23/2023enacting clause stricken
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A01275 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 13, 2023
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. COLTON, LEE, DAVILA, PAULIN, REYES, SILLITTI,
          Multi-Sponsored  by  --  M. of A. GUNTHER -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Governmental Operations -- committee discharged, bill
          amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
        AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to declaring Asian Lunar
          New Year a school holiday
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  8  of  section 3604 of the education law, as
     2  amended by chapter 605 of the laws  of  2019,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    8.  No  school shall be in session on a Saturday, the first day of the
     5  second lunar month after the winter solstice in the  preceding  calendar
     6  year,  known as Asian Lunar New Year, unless such day falls on a Sunday,
     7  in which case the school shall not be in session on the Monday thereaft-
     8  er, or a legal holiday, except general election day, Washington's birth-
     9  day and Lincoln's birthday, and except that driver education classes may
    10  be conducted on a Saturday. A deficiency not exceeding four days  during
    11  any  school year caused by teachers' attendance upon conferences held by
    12  superintendents of schools of city  school  districts  or  other  school
    13  districts  employing  superintendents of schools shall be excused by the
    14  commissioner, notwithstanding any provision of law, rule  or  regulation
    15  to the contrary, a school district may elect to schedule such conference
    16  days  in  the last two weeks of August, subject to collective bargaining
    17  requirements pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law,  and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 1275--A                          2
     1  such  days shall be counted towards the required one hundred eighty days
     2  of session, provided however, that such scheduling shall not  alter  the
     3  obligation  of the school district to provide transportation to students
     4  in  non-public  elementary  and secondary schools or charter schools. At
     5  least two such conference days during such school year  shall  be  dedi-
     6  cated  to  staff attendance upon conferences providing staff development
     7  relating to implementation  of  the  new  high  learning  standards  and
     8  assessments,  as  adopted  by the board of regents.  Notwithstanding any
     9  other provision of law, rule  or  regulation  to  the  contrary,  school
    10  districts may elect to use one or more of such allowable conference days
    11  in  units  of  not  less than one hour each to provide staff development
    12  activities relating to implementation of the new high learning standards
    13  and assessments. A district making such election may provide such  staff
    14  development  on any day during which sessions are allowed and apply such
    15  units to satisfy a deficiency  in  the  length  of  one  or  more  daily
    16  sessions  of  instruction  for pupils as specified in regulations of the
    17  commissioner. The commissioner shall assure that  such  conference  days
    18  include  appropriate  school violence prevention and intervention train-
    19  ing, and may require that up to one such conference day be dedicated for
    20  such purpose.
    21    § 2.  Subdivision 2-a of section 3635 of the education law, as amended
    22  by chapter 424 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
    23    2-a. The superintendent of each city school district, in a city having
    24  a population in excess of one million, shall  prepare  a  public  school
    25  calendar and shall notify officials of nonpublic schools to which trans-
    26  portation  has  been  requested  not later than the first day of June in
    27  each year, of the days on which the public schools will be in session in
    28  the following school year. Such school district which provides transpor-
    29  tation to nonpublic schools shall provide such  transportation  for  the
    30  same number of days as the public schools are open but shall not provide
    31  transportation  services  for  more than one hundred eighty days.  Offi-
    32  cials of each nonpublic school to which transportation is provided by  a
    33  city  school  district  of  a  city having a population in excess of one
    34  million may notify such district, not later than the first day  of  July
    35  of  each school year, of a maximum of five days, exclusive of Saturdays,
    36  Sundays or legal holidays upon which public schools are required  to  be
    37  closed,  on  which the public schools are scheduled to be closed, except
    38  that in any year in which the first or last day of Passover  and  Easter
    39  Sunday  are separated by more than seven days, such officials may notify
    40  the district of a maximum of ten days, but such school district will  be
    41  required to provide for transportation to such nonpublic school provided
    42  that  such  five  or  ten  additional days, whichever is applicable, are
    43  limited to the following: the Tuesday, Wednesday,  Thursday  and  Friday
    44  after  Labor  Day,  Rosh  Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the week in which public
    45  schools are closed for spring recess,  December  twenty-fourth  and  the
    46  week  between  Christmas day and New Year's day, the Tuesday, Wednesday,
    47  Thursday and Friday after the observance of Washington's  birthday,  the
    48  first  day  of  the  second lunar month after the winter solstice in the
    49  preceding calendar year, known as Asian Lunar  New  Year,  and,  in  the
    50  boroughs  of  Brooklyn and Queens only, Anniversary Day as designated in
    51  section twenty-five hundred eighty-six of this chapter.
    52    § 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.
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