School Dress Codes and Uniform Policies: [Issue Theme.] Policy Report: Reporting on Policy Issues in K-12 Management. Number 4. By Wendell Anderson. (ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon) Fall 2002. 20 p.
Full Text at: eric.uoregon.edu/pdf/policy_reports/policy%20report%20dress%20code.pdf
["Opinions abound on what students should wear to class. Some people believe that a dress code improves student behavior, reduces differences among socioeconomic levels, and enhances students' self-confidence. Others say that it infringes upon students' First Amendment rights, stifles individuality, and imposes unnecessary means of control. This report examines the issue of school dress codes and uniform policies from a variety of perspectives. It presents a brief history of dress codes and uniforms, focusing on the last fifteen years, examines the motivations behind establishing dress codes and presents arguments for and arguments against dress codes and uniforms. Because so many legal issues have been raised over dress codes and uniforms, the report also examines some of the legal actions and important court decisions regarding restrictive dress codes and uniforms. And finally, the report offers suggestions and guidelines from a variety of sources for developing, implementing, and enforcing school dress codes and school-uniform policies."]