Political Support for Lunar New Year School Holiday Gains Momentum
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Kids throughout New York City are one step closer to an extra school year holiday.
Today, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblyman Ron Kim will publicly vocalize their support for legislation to allow NYC to close schools in honor of the Lunar New Year. Truancy has been a real problem during this holiday; in the past, schools have dealt with absentee rates of up to 80 percent. Yikes.
In late 2012, the proposed day off found support from local Councilmember Margaret Chin. The legislation is now a bill, and thanks to fresh government officials, it’s gaining even more momentum. Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are embracing the observance, and are also including the Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the proposed holiday schedule.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch though, as they say; the potential days off will definitely cost the city a pretty penny to put into motion. Nevertheless, the above-mentioned public affirmation will start at 11:30, at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, located on 62 Mott Street.
The year of the Horse kicks off this week. Will you check out the festivities?