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Fast Facts. School uniforms Question: How many public schools require school uniforms?

Fast Facts

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. Also, many safety and security measures tended to be more prevalent in high-poverty public schools (where 76 percent or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) than in low-poverty schools (where 25 percent or less of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) during the 2011–12 school year. SOURCE: U.S.

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.


Clothing, dress codes & uniforms. Monday, April 1, 2002 One constitutional controversy raging in public schools today concerns mandatory school uniforms and dress codes.

Clothing, dress codes & uniforms

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. The push for uniform student dress Many public schools adopted dress codes and uniforms after then-President Bill Clinton endorsed uniforms in his 1996 State of the Union address: “I challenge all our schools to teach character education, to teach good values and good citizenship.

Ironically, both opponents and proponents of student dress codes point to the same U.S. 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.

School Uniforms: Conformity vs. Creativity

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. Freedom to focus What else do parents and teachers mention? Free to be different? Barbara C. Kendall agrees. Google+ Uniforms and Dress-Code Policies. Does the old adage "clothes make the man" apply to in the school?

Uniforms and Dress-Code Policies

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. School Dress Codes Are Necessary and Constitutional - Opposing Viewpoints in Context. What are the benefits of school uniforms, as cited in the U.S.

School Dress Codes Are Necessary and Constitutional - Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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.