SPRINGFIELD (HOI) – Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Mike Simmons’ (D-Chicago) legislation to ban discrimination of hairstyles in schools passed the Illinois Senate.
Simmons says the school uniform or dress code policy should not include hairstyles associated with race, ethnicity, or hair texture. The bill specifically refers to braids, locks, and twists that many Black students have historically faced discipline.
The freshman Senator’s amended bill also says the rule would apply to public and private schools.
Senate Bill 817 now awaits consideration in the House.
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May 12, 2021 at 04:39PM