Bill to Limit Hair Discrimination in Illinois Schools Heads to Governor’s Desk After Passing General Assembly

Shana Bonner, left, styles the hair of Pho Gibson at Exquisite U hair salon in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathleen Ronayne)

A bill that would limit hair discrimination in schools is now headed to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk.

Senate Bill 817 focuses on students of color whose hairstyles have been discriminated against in the past.

It would protect the right of students to wear their hair in styles “historically associated with race, ethnicity, or hair texture including braids, dreadlocks, and twists.”

There has been much debate about the impact on private schools and how this could affect their traditions.

This bill only addresses school dress codes, not regulations for school sports based on safety.

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SOURCE: FOX Illinois, Devin Trubey