Pasco board member calls for uniforms
Kathryn Starkey couldn't help but be struck by it as she traveled through Africa last month: Even at the schools made of banana leaf floors and dung walls, the children wore school uniforms. She sees uniforms on students pretty much everywhere she travels - even across county lines. But not in Pasco County.
And the vice chairwoman of the Pasco School Board thinks that ought to change.
"I love uniforms," Starkey tells the Gradebook. "I think they provide a focus for the kids on academics, and not on what to wear. They're non-distracting."
So today she asked the Pasco School Board to begin the discussion on whether the county's children, starting perhaps at new elementary schools as Miami-Dade County does, should be dressing alike. Her colleagues didn't set any hearing date, or even nod in agreement, but Starkey says she looks forward to the debate.
Uniforms should happen "if the people in Pasco have an interest," she says.
(Times photo, 1996)