New York Times, ABC News: New York City, Boston and Boston College schools will no longer allow Muslims to attend school
New York and Boston schools will now require students to wear the hijab during class and in school, as the Obama administration announced this week.
The announcement came just a day after a report by The New York State Department of Education said the ban would have an “immediate impact” on the educational and employment opportunities of students and staff.
In a statement, the state’s education department said the proposed policy is consistent with the values of diversity and inclusion and is needed to address the “high prevalence of gender-based violence” in New York.
The Department of Homeland Security has been notified of the proposed rule changes and is working with the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide guidance for implementation, the statement said.
New York City Schools Commissioner Lorna T. Greenstein said the move is a positive step, but that the city has been working with school administrators to find a solution to the problem.
“The administration has been actively working to identify ways to address gender-related violence,” she said.
“We are grateful to the federal government and other partners that have worked together to find solutions.”
Boston Public Schools announced a similar policy change, according to a release from the city, and a report from Boston’s WBUR news station noted that students were asked to wear a headscarf while at school.