Dress Code/Uniforms

Education news, analysis, and opinion about rules governing student and staff attire and appearance
In this photo taken Aug. 8, 2012, Amber Starks braids the hair of family friend Zinnia Rickman, 7, at the Lock Loft in Vancouver, Wash.
Amber Starks braids the hair of family friend Zinnia Rickman at the Lock Loft in Vancouver, Wash.
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Equity & Diversity Q&A ‘Our Hair Is Our Identity’: What Educators Need to Know About Hair Discrimination Laws
More states are passing versions of the CROWN Act, which forbids race-based hair discrimination in schools.
Ileana Najarro, July 5, 2022
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Law & Courts A Charter School Made Girls Wear Skirts to Promote 'Chivalry.' An Appeals Court Says No
A federal appeals court said the charter school's policy violates the Constitution and that Title IX applies to dress codes.
Mark Walsh, June 15, 2022
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Opinion Why This Teacher Will No Longer Pay for the ‘Privilege’ to Wear Jeans
Getting to wear jeans occasionally at my school hardly seems worth the outlay, explains a teacher.
Kelly Scott, March 22, 2022
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Teaching Profession Wait, Some Teachers Have to Pay to Wear Jeans?
Teachers dish on dress codes and reveal that in some schools, comfort comes at a cost.
Hayley Hardison, March 4, 2022
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From left, Mia-Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., on Sept. 21, 2021. The students are members of the Student Council Association and have been instrumental in making changes at the school.
From left, Mia Arie Wilson, 13, Lindsey Coates, 13, Ava Bell, 13, and Makayla Waiters, 13, at Western Branch Middle School in Chesapeake, Va., were part of a student social justice task force that prompted big changes at their school.
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School & District Management Students Sought Changes at Their Middle School. Their Principal Listened
Principal Kambar Khoshaba initiated a student social justice task force at the middle school he leads. Students say it's had a big impact.
Denisa R. Superville, September 29, 2021
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Law & Courts In Skirt Case, Appeals Court Says Title IX Bars Dress Codes That Discriminate Based on Sex
The court rules on a North Carolina charter school that requires girls to wear skirts, which the school's founder says promotes "chivalry."
Mark Walsh, August 9, 2021
4 min read
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Teaching Profession Is It Time to Relax Teacher Dress Codes?
After teaching at home in comfortable clothes, some school and district leaders support casual attire for teachers returning to classrooms.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2021
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Education Appeals Court Revives Race- and Sex-Bias Suit Over Student's Dyed Hair
The court revived a key part of a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana high school student who alleges that he faced harassment from a school administrator over the student's dyed hair.
Mark Walsh, September 11, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Black Teen Suspended for His Dreadlocks Can Return to School, Judge Rules
Kaden Bradford was facing punishment because his locs are long enough to touch his shirt collar, a violation of his high school's dress code. His attorneys called the policy discriminatory.
Christina A. Samuels, August 19, 2020
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A photo that was posted on Twitter last week shows students in a crowded hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.
A photo that was posted on Twitter last week shows students in a crowded hallway at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion You Made Me Enforce Useless Dress Codes for Years. Don't Claim Face Masks Go Too Far
Dress codes have disproportionately harmed Black students. A face-mask mandate could save their lives, writes James Bridgeforth.
James Bridgeforth, August 10, 2020
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De’Andre Arnold, middle, and his mother Sandy, second from right, attended the Academy Awards with the team behind the animated short “Hair Love.”
De’Andre Arnold, middle, and his mother Sandy, second from right, attended the Academy Awards with the team behind the animated short “Hair Love.”
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School Climate & Safety Why Do Schools Hang On to Discriminatory Dress Codes?
School dress codes are clashing with students, parents, and researchers who see the rules and their enforcement as rife with racism and sexism. Some school leaders say the codes are important for safety and teaching kids to comply.
Christina A. Samuels, March 10, 2020
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Education Judge Strikes Down Charter School's Dress Code Requiring Skirts for Girls
A federal district judge holds that the requirement that girls wear skirts and may not wear shorts or pants violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause.
Mark Walsh, March 29, 2019
3 min read
Federal Can A Private School Receiving Voucher Money Ban a Student Over Dreadlocks?
The ACLU and NAACP have filed formal civil rights complaints against the school for its dress code policies, another case that highlights the blurring lines in public oversight for private schools that accept state aid in the form of vouchers.
Arianna Prothero, November 30, 2018
5 min read
Teaching Opinion Response: 'If They're Learning, I Don't Care What They're Wearing'
Here are responses to the question of how to handle school dress codes from Kelly Wickham Hurst,Jennifer Orr, Bill Ivey, Amy Sandvold and Steven Goodman.
Larry Ferlazzo, November 12, 2018
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