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Uniforms for Pasco students, too?



Pasco County School Board member Kathryn Starkey is getting envious of her counterparts in Pinellas County.

The Pinellas board is moving rapidly toward compulsory student uniforms, one of Starkey's pet issues for much of her term in office. She didn't let the news pass this week.

"I'd like to draw your attention to Pinellas County, where they are talking about going to uniforms," Starkey, who leaves the board in November, told her colleagues Tuesday. "I wanted to bring up my full support of uniforms, especially in elementary and middle school."

She suggested the board consider a similar move.

Unlike in Pinellas, though, no one took the bait. Her fellow board members simply smiled and let the moment pass, as they have every other time Starkey has broached the subject. Back in 2007, Starkey called for a workshop on student uniforms, saying "it costs too much not to do it." The board never held that workshop.

Individual Pasco schools may conduct parent and staff votes to consider student uniforms, but very few have done so.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 11:16am]


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