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Fast Facts. School uniforms Question: How many public schools require school uniforms? Response: Between the 2003–04 and 2011–12 school years, the percentage of public schools reporting that they required that students wear uniforms increased from 13 to 19 percent. In 2011-12, the percentage of public secondary schools who reported requiring that students wear uniforms (12 percent) was lower than the percentages of elementary schools (20 percent) and combined schools (30 percent) with such a requirement.

Higher percentages of public city schools than of public schools in suburban, town, and rural areas reported requiring students to wear uniforms. SOURCE: U.S. Related Tables and Figures: (Listed by Release Date) Other Resources: (Listed by Release Date) 2014, Crime and Safety Surveys (CSS): This site provides access to publications and data on school crime and safety. NAESP. Contact: Kaylen Tucker, NAESP 703-518-6257 Molly Hawkins, Lands’ End 608-935-6089 National Survey of School Leaders Reveals 2013 School Uniform Trends Lands’ End School Uniform and NAESP Partner to Report the Rise of School Uniforms ALEXANDRIA, VA—July 30, 2013—Long associated primarily with private and parochial institutions, school uniform policies have become a part of the natural landscape in public schools across the country.

In fact, according to a recent survey of principals and other school leaders conducted by Lands’ End School Uniform in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), school uniforms or a formal dress code policy in public schools are on the rise as nearly half (49 percent) have a policy in place or have plans to implement one – more than double from 2000 (21 percent). School Style Additional School Uniform Survey Findings: Clothing, dress codes & uniforms. Monday, April 1, 2002 One constitutional controversy raging in public schools today concerns mandatory school uniforms and dress codes.

Proponents contend such measures instill discipline and prevent gang-related violence. They say uniforms and some dress codes lessen peer pressure aggravated by socioeconomic divisions, promote a unity of spirit and help administrators more quickly identify trespassers on school grounds. Some school administrators say that such restrictions help prepare students to “dress for success” in the job market. Opponents counter that such measures suppress student individuality and personal freedom. They argue that students could become alienated if school officials close off one of their few avenues of self-identification and expression. They also question whether restrictive dress codes really make schools safer. “I challenge all our schools to teach character education, to teach good values and good citizenship. In Bivens v. The 5th U.S. What about hair? School Uniforms: Conformity vs. Creativity. Over the summer, Edmonds, Wash. school district administrators generated a heated discussion when they proposed a policy change that would allow individual schools to consider requiring students to wear uniforms.

Although none of the district’s schools currently plan on adopting a uniform policy, the very mention of the topic ignited a firestorm of debate among local parents. In 1994, Long Beach Unified School District in California made national news by becoming the first major public school district to adopt a uniform policy. According to the U.S. Department of Education, after the policy went into effect, school crime in the district fell 36 percent, fights between students fell 51 percent, and sexual offenses fell 74 percent.

Now, nearly two decades later, 19 percent of public schools across the country require uniforms, while 57 percent enforce a strict dress code. In Washington, each of the state’s 295 districts set their own policies. Freedom to focus Free to be different? Uniforms and Dress-Code Policies. Does the old adage "clothes make the man" apply to in the school? That is, can the way students dress have an impact on such things as school climate and safety, academic success, and behavior? Some administrators think so and have tightened up student dress codes or begun requiring students to wear uniforms as a way of reducing the risk of violence and creating a positive, productive learning environment.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals points out that uniforms once were the trademark of a private or parochial school; today "the number of public schools adopting uniforms and strong dress codes is growing annually" (NAESP 2000). In a national survey of elementary and middle school principals conducted by NAESP in May 2000, 10 percent of the 755 respondents "said that their schools already had adopted a uniform policy and another 11 percent were considering the concept" (NAESP). Why Are Some Schools Requiring Uniforms or Tightening Dress-Code Policies? Resources. School Dress Codes Are Necessary and Constitutional - Opposing Viewpoints in Context. What are the benefits of school uniforms, as cited in the U.S. Department of Education's Manual on School Uniforms?

The author cites the Long Beach School District's uniform policy as decreasing crime by what percent? What are the three Ps of school safety? One survey of schools nationwide conducted by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) revealed that one out of five (21 percent) public, private and parochial school principles had either instigated a uniform policy, were currently writing one, or had it on their agenda for consideration. With so many schools and school districts adopting school dress policies, it is important to understand why so many have chosen to do so. The purpose for most, if not all, schools that are adopting uniforms and dress codes is to address the issues of discipline and academic achievement. The Benefits of School Uniforms In North Carolina, the feedback from Halifax County is also positive. The Positive Impact of School Dress Codes.