Hair braids, locks, and twists will soon be protected by law in schools.
Illinois will prohibit schools from issuing policies on hairstyles historically associated with race or ethnicity. The legislation addresses injustices in dress code polices and protects Black youth in Illinois facing hair bias in schools.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 817 into law on Friday. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
SB 817, also known as the Jett Hawkins Law, is in response to a four-year-old boy in Chicago, Gus “Jett” Hawkins, who was told his . . .
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