PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed a bill that allows teachers in Oregon schools to wear religious clothing such as head scarves.
The Legislature passed the bill in February. It repeals a restriction dating to the 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan held sway in Oregon politics and was determined to keep Catholic nuns in habits from teaching in public schools.
In a letter Thursday, Kulongoski said he agrees with the bill's intent but he is concerned about schools interpreting the law inconsistently. So, he says, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and School Superintendent Susan Castillo will draw up guidelines.
Only two other states now have such restrictions, Pennsylvania and Nebraska