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Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Signs Racism Free School Act Into Law

Illinois governor JB Pritzker recently signed the Racism Free School Act (Senate Bill 90) which was filed by Representative Maurice West (D-Rockford).

The law will require schools to create policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment of students due to race. Applying to public, private and charter schools in the state, the law also makes the failure of a school to take disciplinary action against harassing students a civil rights violation.

“Here in Illinois, we will not tolerate racism or discrimination within schools – period,” West said. “But with incidents of hateful conduct on the rise across our country, we must do more to protect students and teachers. That’s why the Racism-Free Schools Act is so important because it will not only require districts to create and implement a policy on discrimination and harassment but also help the state track incidents of racism so we can better understand and address concerning conduct. I want to thank the advocates who helped craft this important legislation as well as Gov. JB Pritzker for signing the bill into law.”


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