Lunar New Year School Holiday Likely
as Legislature Approves Bill
BY SAM SPOKONY
Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, said
Friday, it's been a long time coming. Even as they've continued to
build communities, Chinese families all over the city have always had
to choose whether to send their kids to school on the Lunar New Year or
keep them home to celebrate the major cultural holiday.
"In Flushing, they're waiting, and in Sunset Park, they're waiting," said Chen.
may not have to wait much longer, as the State Legislature has now
taken a major step toward compelling the city's Department of Education
to close schools on the Lunar New Year.
State Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would require consideration of
school closure if a "considerable proportion" of students are likely
to be absent. Since the State Assembly had already passed that bill in
February, at will now go to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, by
most accounts, is likely to sign it into law soon.
of this bill to push the Lunar New Year school holiday is proof that
momentum is building, and that this community's importance is greater
across the city every single day," said State Senator Daniel Squadron,
who sponsored the bill, at a press conference Friday outside
Chinatown's P.S. 124, on Division St.
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