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Footnotes & Sources

The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following footnotes (directly referenced) and sources (used for general research and not directly referenced):

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  6. John A. Gavin, “Schools Find Stricter Rules, Uniforms Can Lessen Bullying,”, Feb. 8, 2011
  7. Daily Herald Editorial Board, “Uniforms Benefit Students,”, Sep. 4, 2012
  8., “Editorial: Do Uniforms Make Better Students?,”, Sep. 29, 2011
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  10. Carol Motsinger, “Ironing out Policies on School Uniforms,”, Aug. 6, 2007
  11. Ovetta Wiggins, “Pr. George’s Students Who Chose Pink, Not Uniforms, for Breast Cancer Month Punished,”, Oct. 25, 2013
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  13. Glori Chaika, “School Uniforms: Panacea or Band-Aid?,”, Oct. 11, 1999
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  17. American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, “Four Reasons Public Schools Should Think Twice Before Instituting School Uniform Policies,”, Dec. 19, 2008
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  21. Lisa Flam, “Are School Uniforms Helping or Hindering?,”, Aug. 19, 2013
  22. Greg Toppo, “What to Wear? Schools Increasingly Making That Decision,”, Aug. 18, 2013
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  25. Claudene Wharton, “College of Education Researchers Conduct Study on Impacts of School Uniforms,”, Apr. 23, 2013
  26. J. Scott Granberg-Rademacker, Jeffrey Bumgarner, and Avra Johnson, “Do School Violence Policies Matter? An Empirical Analysis of Four Approaches to Reduce School Violence,” Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Spring 2007
  27. Virginia Ann Bendel Draa, “School Uniforms in Urban Public High Schools,”, Nov. 30, 2005
  28. US Supreme Court, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District,, Feb. 24, 1969
  29. United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Canady v. Bossier Parish School Board,, Jan. 23, 2001
  30. Mike Wilson, “Clinton Raps Teacher Merit Pay,” Associated Press, Nov. 19, 2007
  31. Camille Chatterjee, “Uniform Improvements,”, Sep. 1, 1999
  32. National Association of Elementary School Principals, “National Survey of School Leaders Reveals 2013 School Uniform Trends,”, July 30, 2013
  33. Linda Abel Fosseen, “School Uniforms in Middle Schools: Enhancing Identity and Security,” Uniforms in Public Schools: A Decade of Research and Debate, Ed. David L. Brunsma, 2006
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  35. US Department of Education, “Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools: An Action Guide: Uniforms,”, Sep. 1996
  36. US Department of Justice and US Department of Health and Human Services, “Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership,”, 2013
  37. Jay Wheeler, “Letters to the Editor: School Uniforms Discourage Gangs,”, Sep. 10, 2009
  38. Larry Wilder, “Pros and Cons of School Dress Code: Pros of School Dress Code: Helping Students Dress for Safety,”, Nov. 11, 2007
  39. Elin Hofverberg, “Sweden: School Inspectorate Says School Uniforms Are Human Rights Violation,”, Feb. 1, 2018
  40. George Carlin, You Are All Diseased (album), 1999
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  42. Tom Houlihan, “School Uniform Debate: ‘School Uniforms Are Just Another Distraction,'” (accessed Aug. 20, 2014)
  43. Joe Mathews, “In Uniforms, No Uniformity,”, July 11, 2001
  44. Maria Halkias, “Retail Sales’ Dip Trims Merchants’ Hopes for Back-to-School Season,”, Jan. 18, 2011
  45. Laura Clark, “School Uniform Improves Pupils’ Behaviour Both in and out of School,”, July 10, 2007
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  47. Michael Colasanti, “School Uniforms and Dress Codes: State Policies,”, Mar. 2008
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  51. Bill Clinton, “Address before a Joint Session of the Congress on the State of the Union,”, Jan. 23, 1996
  52. Alison Mitchell, “Clinton Will Advise Schools on Uniforms,”, Feb. 25, 1996
  53. Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division 2, Department B, Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1 v. Green,, Mar. 27, 1997
  54. United States District Court, North Carolina, Eastern Division, Hicks v. Halifax County Board of Education,, Dec. 15, 1999
  55. American Civil Liberties Union, “Student Prevails in NC School Uniform Dispute,”, Jan. 11, 2000
  56. Cy Ryan, “Appeals Court Sends School Uniform Lawsuit Back to Lower Court for Additional Review,”, Feb. 14, 2014
  57. Maura Dolan, “Appeals Court Finds Nevada School’s Uniform Policy Unconstitutional,”, Feb. 14, 2014
  58. United States District Court, New Mexico, Bivens by Green v. Albuquerque Public Schools,, Aug. 25, 1995
  59. Charles Haynes, “School Officials Ease up on Uniform Enforcement,”, Jan. 16, 2000
  60. Kyler Sumter, “History Repeating: Don’t Censor What I Wear, Let Me Be,”, Feb. 27, 2014
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  62. Teen Vogue, “How to Accessorize Your School Uniform,” (accessed Aug. 20, 2014)
  63. Harold Howe II, “Leaning toward the Spartans and Away from the Athenians,”, Apr. 3, 1996
  64. M. Sue Stanley, “School Uniforms and Safety,” Education and Urban Society, Aug. 1996
  65. Andrea Dashiell, “School Uniforms: Conformity vs. Creativity,”, Sep. 25, 2013
  66. David L. Brunsma and Kerry A. Rockquemore, “Effects of Student Uniforms on Attendance, Behavior Problems, Substance Use, and Academic Achievement,” Journal of Educational Research, Sep./Oct. 1998
  67. New York Times, “American Topics: Mandatory School Uniforms May Reduce Crime by Pupils,”, Sep. 25, 1995
  68. Linda Lumsden and Gabriel Miller, “Dress Codes and Uniforms,” Research Roundup: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Summer 2002
  69. Seunghee Han, “A Mandatory Uniform Policy in Urban Schools: Findings from the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2003-04,” International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 2010
  70. Joel Donofrio, “Dressed to Distraction,”, Nov. 16, 2012
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  72. Charles Badger, “Report of Standard School Attire: A Look at the Issues,” (accessed Aug. 20, 2014)
  73. Lois K. Solomon, “9 More Schools to Have Students Wear Uniforms,”, May 6, 2000
  74. Dhanya Skariachan, “Uniforms Seen as Bright Spot in Drab U.S. Back-to-School Season,”, Aug. 14, 2013
  75. Beth Asaff, “Pros and Cons of School Uniforms,” (accessed Aug. 20, 2014)
  76. Grace Chen, “Public School Uniforms: The Pros and Cons for Your Child,”, Apr. 24, 2014
  77. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Jacobs v. Clark County School District, May 12, 2008
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  79. Erikson Institute, “Erik H. Erikson: Erikson Institute’s Namesake,” (accessed Aug. 21, 2014)
  80. Melinda Swafford, Lee Ann Jolley, and Leigh Southward, “The Student Dress Code Debate,” Techniques, Jan. 2011
  81. 188th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “General Laws: Chapter 71: Public Schools,” (accessed Aug. 21, 2014)
  82. St. Petersburg Times Editorial Board, “Uniform Policy Goes Too Far,”, July 23, 1999
  83. Jenny Scott, “School Uniforms: A History of ‘Rebellion and Conformity,'”, Sep. 5, 2014
  84. Chris Hush, “Students Skipping Class Due to Cost of School Uniforms,”, Sep. 10, 2014
  85. Shawn Jeffords, “Uniforms Won’t Stop School Bullies, Experts Say,”, Mar. 14, 2012
  86. Peter McGuire, “No Skirting the School Uniform Debate,”, Feb. 8, 2016
  87. Schoolwear News, “School Uniforms Costs Just 45p a Day–New Study Shows,”, Aug. 20, 2015
  88. US Department of Education and US Department of Justice, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015,”, May 2016
  89. Chris Baumann and Hana Krskova, “School Discipline, School Uniforms and Academic Performance,” International Journal of Educational Management, 2016
  90. National Center for Education Statistics, “Indicator 8: Students’ Reports of Gangs at School,”, May 2017
  91. Printwear and Promotion, “Schoolwear Association Research Reveals Uniforms Can Be a Powerful Tool,”, Sep. 13, 2017
  92. Christian Sheckler, “Washington High School May Do Away with Uniform Policy,”, Apr. 25, 2017
  93. Adam Sherwin, “High Price of School Uniforms Leaves Children at Risk of Bullying,”, Feb. 24, 2015
  94. Patrick Butler, “Hidden Costs of State Schools Causing Hardship for Millions,”, Oct. 28, 2014
  95. National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018,”, Apr. 2019
  96. Sarah Mervosh, “Girls at North Carolina School Don’t Have to Wear Skirts, Judge Rules,”, Mar. 31, 2019


James Bennet, “Clinton Urges Stricter Rules in Schools,”, July 21, 1998

Eric Scott Campbell, “Atlantic City High School Has Suspended 150 Students Per Day over Dress Code,”, Sep. 15, 2009

Bill Clinton, “The President’s Radio Address,”, Feb. 24, 1996

Amanda Cochran, “ACLU, Parents Challenge Uniform Dress Code,”, Aug. 20, 2010

Criminal Justice Degrees Guide, “9 Ways School Has Changed Since Columbine,” (accessed Aug. 21, 2014)

Maureen Dowd, “Liberties; School Uniform Blues,”, Jan. 28, 1996

Ainsley Hartman, “Benefits of School Uniforms,”, Mar. 1, 2013

John F. Kennedy, “Address to the UN General Assembly,”, Sep. 25, 1961

Chris Lang, “School Uniforms Curb Student Individuality,”, Apr. 16, 2013

Tamar Lewin, “Dress for Success: Public School Uniforms,”, Sep. 25, 1997

Paula J. Owen, “ACLU Opposes School Uniforms,”, Mar. 4, 2010

Sharon Shamburger Pate, “The Influence of a Mandatory School Uniform Policy,”, Dec. 1999

Television New Zealand, “Boy Beaten as School Rivalry Heats Up,”, Oct. 21, 2007

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US Supreme Court, Pierce v. Society of Sisters,, June 1, 1925