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Attorney General Directed A Malden Charter School To Immediately Stop Punishing Black Students For Wearing Their Natural Hairstyles

Attorney General Directed A Malden Charter School To Immediately Stop Punishing Black Students For Wearing Their Natural Hairstyles

According to the Boston Globe, The state attorney general Friday directed a Malden charter school to immediately stop punishing black and biracial students for wearing hairstyles the school said violate its dress code — rules the attorney general deemed discriminatory and unevenly enforced.

In a letter sent to Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, the office of Attorney General Maura Healey said the school’s hair and makeup policy violates state and federal law “by subjecting students of color, especially black students, to differential treatment and thus denying them the same advantages and privileges of public education afforded to other students.”

Since April, black female students who wear hair extensions have been subjected to detentions and suspensions.

A spokesman for Mystic Valley released a one-line statement from the school’s interim director, Alexander Dan

 

Source:  Boston Globe

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