New Your State School Boards Association

When student coifs become a big, hairy deal

On Board Online • October 9, 2017

By Jessica Goldstein
Deputy Director of Policy Services

Over the last several years, you may have seen some well-publicized incidents in which 10 schools - public, charter and private - have subjected students to school discipline because of their hairstyles. Questions of discrimination have arisen because the styles involved are those favored by some African-American girls - Afros, box braids, natural texture, dreadlocks, twists and hair extensions.

According to news reports, charter schools and private schools have found these hair styles to violate dress codes by being "distracting," "faddish," "extreme," "untidy" or "uncontrolled."

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State education leaders visit Lake Placid to address critical education issues

FOR RELEASE: October 4, 2017

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Nearly 2,500 school board members and administrators will be in Lake Placid next week to address such topics as opioid abuse, teacher shortages, student civil rights, mental health, testing and other issues facing New York schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association's Annual Convention & Education Expo on October 12-14 at the Lake Placid Conference Center. This will be NYSSBA's first convention in Lake Placid.

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When Politics Enters the Classroom: Teaching Climate Change in Schools

Cover Climate change is one hot topic. Learn why that is -- and what educators can do to teach it effectively -- in NYSSBA’s latest research report, When Politics Enters the Classroom: Teaching Climate Change in Schools.

The report provides a political and economic context to an often divisive subject and offers school leaders and educators pedagogical and professional development best practices.


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