Michael Mulgrew made a big deal about how the problem of school being open in NYC on December 23 for the first time ever when the 23rd falls on a Monday was a state issue. This seems a bit weird as every New York State school district where we looked at 2019-20 school calendars has off that day except one: NYC. We are alone.
Mulgrew's weak excuse to the Delegate Assembly was that NYC doesn't have enough instructional hours based on new state regulations. That makes no sense as we have four extra days built into the upcoming year's calendar so it seems we have adequate instructional time to meet state mandates and still have December 23rd off. Mulgrew told the DA that cooler heads should prevail here as the Regents have a June and July meeting. The June meeting has passed and the July meeting of the Regents is today and tomorrow.
As of now there is no NYC calendar change for 2019-20. School is open in NYC on Monday, December 23. We have been on this story since April. It is a UFT giveback for sure.
Is there any movement or discussion on altering the NYC calendar up in Albany or was all of Mulgrew's bluster just mendacity to make us think he is doing something? I hope it is the former. I really do.
If anyone has updated information. please send it out.