Source: Sing Tao Daily
On January 13, 2004 Sing Tao Daily reported, "By scheduling mid-year exams on Lunar New Year’s Day, some New York public high schools have incensed the Chinese community. On Jan. 13, under pressure from the community, Joel Klein, chancellor of the NYC Department of Education (DOE), sent letters to school principals asking them to rearrange exam dates for students who’d like to celebrate on that day. Bronx Science, Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech high schools—schools with a strong Asian-American student presence—along with other high schools, scheduled some mid-year exams on Jan. 22, which overlaps with Lunar New Year’s Day, the most important holiday for many Asian ethnics. As the day approaches, more and more Chinese parents complained to education advocates and elected officials."