In May, a Boston-area charter school suspended a dress code policy that “punished black girls for wearing braided hair extensions.” We’re struck by how often the rationales that schools cite for codes diverge from the effects of those codes…

The school had said previously that its strict dress code, which also bans makeup, nail polish and dyed hair, is meant to reduce wealth disparity among students. But the letter from Healey’s office, written by Civil Rights Division Chief Genevieve C. Nadeau, says that portions of the dress code “are not reasonably tailored to those goals, if they bear any relation at all.”

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