In Perspective: School uniforms

By Cynthia Bruno |

Published 01/23 2014 02:14PM

Updated 01/23 2014 02:26PM

DANVILLE -- This fall, students will have to wear uniforms. The school board voted in favor of the change Wednesday night. It's a decision which is becoming more common across the country. WCIA-3's Cynthia Bruno puts the popularity of school uniforms In Perspective.

"We are against having uniforms."

This hot button issue got some families in the district fired up.

"We have a right to express ourselves. This is when we're learning who we are. We're going to college soon and we are going to have to learn how to dress ourselves. I don't think wearing a uniform to school is going to necessarily teach us those things."

But the school board's president says statistics show otherwise.

"There have been studies done that show discipline, attendance, graduation rates are improved with a uniform dress code."

But, a recent USA Today article cites one expert on the topic who's research turned up some studies which state statistically, uniforms have an "insignificant effect," and in one case, were even associated with worse grades for sophomores.

But, other studies show going with uniforms is a popular decision. In 2010, one in five schools required uniforms. A decade earlier, one in eight required uniforms.

Those are the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Education. The numbers also show uniforms are even more popular for schools in a city where 35% of schools require uniforms.

There aren't specific guidelines yet about the district's uniform requirements. Leaders are looking for input about what should be included in the rules.

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