Mandating uniforms in public schools
The President stated, "If it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms" (qtd in Wilkens, screen 1) The public school district in Long Beach, California was the first to take up the mandatory school uniform policy.
The school district reported drastic decrease in violence, discipline problems, as well as higher test scores after one year of implementing the new policy (Wilkens, screen 1).
Supporters of uniforms claim they can increase school safety.
Uniforms allow staff to quickly identify people who do not belong on campus and limit the ways that gangs can identify themselves.
Supporters of school uniforms often cite increased academic achievement as a main reason to adopt such a policy.
While there is some anecdotal evidence to support this claim, overall, studies yield inconclusive results.
Common dress can also make students feel like they belong to the school community, increase pride and even improve attendance.
A 2012 study by the University of Houston of 160 public, urban schools, found that student attendance increased after schools began mandating uniforms.
Children have one less distraction, as they do not have to concern themselves with what others are wearing.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science and a Master of Science in education administration.
She has seven years of teaching and coaching experience within the Texas public school system.
In 1994, Long Beach United School District in California began requiring uniforms with the hopes of improving safety.
Just five years later, the overall crime rate in the district was down 91 percent.
A bill that would allow school districts to adopt a mandatory uniform policy for students stalled Thursday in an Iowa Senate subcommittee after it failed to generate sufficient support to advance. Melissa Peterson, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Education Association, said dress codes work well in some school districts by "leveling the playing field" for students.