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NEW LAW ALLOWS FLEXIBILITY IN SCHEDULING 1992 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION DATES

 NEW LAW ALLOWS FLEXIBILITY IN SCHEDULING
 1992 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION DATES
 BOSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A new bill, signed into law on April 17, will allow committees, for this year only, to schedule high school graduation ceremonies more than 12 days before the regular closing date of school. At the request of the state Department of Education, Chapter 20 of the Acts of 1992 was filed to accommodate certain religious holidays, notably the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which falls on June 7 and 8, and would potentially conflict with graduation dates in some communities.
 Currently, Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 71, section 4 prohibits school committees from scheduling high school graduation ceremonies more than 12 days prior to the regular school closing date.
 "The Department of Education requested the new legislation after several superintendents brought this potential problem to our attention," said Acting state Commissioner of Education Rhoda E. Schneider. "Chapter 20 provides an exemption that gives school committees the latitude necessary to schedule high school graduation on a date that would allow all students to attend."
 For more information, contact Lynn Beal in the Department of Education's Office of Legislative Affairs at 617-770-7307.
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 /CONTACT: Marie Fricker of the Massachusetts Department of Education, 617-770-7312/ CO: Massachusetts Department of Education ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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