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Forget the plaid, and leave the T-shirts at home



Uniforms1 The polo shirt and solid colored slacks, shorts or skirts are the new uniform for all Hernando County elementary and middle school students. Colors will be up to the principals.

The School Board set its standard to respond to school leaders' request to have more control over saggy pants on boys and sexy tops on girls.

"We're looking for them to dress like they're coming to work," said Sue Stoops, principal at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. "School is their job."

Officials say kids will still have plenty of options from the choices their principals give them. (Story here.)

Columnist Jeff Webb disagrees with the district's move. "Instead of trying to crack down on an impractical policy, they are taking the easy way out, one that allows them to ignore the hypocritical folly of establishing a rule that cannot be, or is not worthy of being, enforced," he writes.

In letters to the editor, several Hernando students also blasted the idea of a uniform. Wrote one: "It doesn't seem fair to the students, because it doesn't affect our grades, the bullying isn't going to stop, and it takes away our individuality and creativity."

9010423_n_mohawk_1_tatembeddedprod_ Maybe they should just be glad the School Board isn't taking action on hair styles. This Bradenton first grader got suspended for his 'do (story here).

Or perhaps they should point to the recent Orange County school district report showing that uniforms do not lead to improved student academic performance or reduced disciplinary problems.

Thoughts on uniforms for all?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:40am]


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