Dutch-speaking Belgium schools to ban religious headscarves Jaclyn Belczyk at 3:48 PM ET
[JURIST] Belgian school officials announced Friday that Muslim headscarves [JURIST news archive] will be banned in about 700 schools in the Dutch-speaking northern region of Flanders. The move came after an administrative tribunal ruled Tuesday that individual schools could not impose a ban [AFP report] in response to complaints after two Antwerp schools banned headscarves at the beginning of the shcool year. The Flemish school board said that the regional ban will take effect immediately, but there will be a one-year grace period [DPA report] for schools that did not previously have a ban. There will also be an exception for religious classes.
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