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The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following sources.

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5.University of North Texas, "School Uniforms Equalize Students, Education Professors Say,", Aug. 3, 2006
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9.Madison Park, "School Uniforms Poll Bares Generation Gap,", Dec. 23, 2007
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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16.American Civil Liberties Union, "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Students and Their Parents Fight School Uniform Policies,", Nov. 4, 1999
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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
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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
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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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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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65.Andrea Dashiell, "School Uniforms: Conformity vs. Creativity,", Sep. 25, 2013
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68.Linda Lumsden and Gabriel Miller, "Dress Codes and Uniforms," Research Roundup: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Summer 2002
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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
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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
97.National Center for Education Statistics, “School Uniforms,” (accessed May 3, 2021)
98.McKenna Oxenden, "Court Sides with Girls Who Sued over School’s Skirt Requirement,", June 17, 2022