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NY approves new holiday for public schools

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The New York State Legislature has approved a new holiday.  The Chinese Lunar New Year.

Schools are now allowed to close on that holiday or or other days when religious or cultural observances will keep most of their students at home.

The measure would require boards of education to make a decision on whether to close schools on days where "a considerable proportion of the student population" is unlikely to attend and would therefore waste resources.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, a sponsor, says schools in areas with many Asian-Americans, like Chinatown in Manhattan and Flushing in Queens, have absentee rates as high as 60 percent on the Lunar New Year.

The Manhattan Democrat notes that next year it falls on Feb. 19, when New York City public schools will already be closed for winter recess

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