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WBUR: Ayanna Pressley Reintroduces Bill To Address Disproportionate Punishment Of Black Girls In Schools

Racial disparities in dress codes are systemic, she says, pointing to a time in 2017 when two Black girls from Malden, Massachusetts, received suspensions for their hair extensions. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called on the school to drop the hairstyles ban, which she said illegally singled out students of color, WBUR reports.

After that incident happened, Pressley and social justice scholar Monique Morris, author of “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” gathered focus groups of 100 girls to talk about school policies that impact them.

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