Spotlight on School Uniforms and Dress Codes

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On School Uniforms and Dress Codes


The Education Week Spotlight on School Uniforms and Dress Codes is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • What research shows about how school uniforms impact student learning and behavior
  • How schools implement student dress codes
  • Religious dress in schools
  • Legal challenges to dress codes and uniform policies
  • Balancing individual and group needs

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Despite conventional wisdom and anecdotal tales touting the benefits of student uniforms, researchers see little evidence of their effectiveness.
January 12, 2005 – Education Week

Many schools across the country are tightening their dress codes, with the skin-is-in female fashions inspired by teen idols like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez attracting special attention.
September 12, 2001 – Education Week

A recent call by French President Jacques Chirac for a law prohibiting French public school children from wearing conspicuous religious symbols has placed the issue of public schools and religious expression on an international stage.
January 7, 2004 – Education Week

Ruling upholds Las Vegas district's policy of letting each school decide whether it will require students to wear uniforms.
May 21, 2008 | Updated: May 4, 2016 – Education Week

When it comes to student dress, writes John Northrop, schools need to set some limits on individualism.
January 16, 2002 – Education Week

Researcher David Brunsma gives the public school uniform craze a dressing down.
May 1, 2005 – Teacher

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