|07-18-2004, 01:23 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
New Dress Code Required At CC High Schools
I haven't been to HS in many years (over 30) but if they would've tried this when I went we would've protested and boycotted school.
I hope their budget includes a large fund for attorneys fees.
New CCISD dress code says goodbye to grung
and freedom of expression, according to CCISD students facing new dress code
By Ofelia Garcia Hunter Caller-Times
July 18, 2004
Matthew Walker, 15, likes to express himself with his lime-green hair, rock band T-shirt and black loop earring on his left earlobe.
His self-expression will have to change when school starts on Aug. 12. Matthew's hair will be its natural blond, and he'll wear polo shirts and khakis.
He's among more than 10,000 high school students in the Corpus Christi Independent School District who face a drastic dress code change in the fall. No more designer labels. No more grunge. No more short skirts and exposed midriffs. No more three-sizes-too-big pants hanging half a foot below the waistband of the underwear. Instead, there must be khaki pants or shorts, with the options of navy or black, and polos or T-shirts in school colors or white.
"We should be able to express ourselves and not look all the same," said Matthew, a sophomore at Carroll High School. "We're being treated like little kids again."
Indeed, most CCISD elementary and middle schools follow those guidelines.
According to some school uniforms studies, uniforms generally are not used in U.S. public schools. In the
1990s, there was a trend toward introducing uniforms in public schools, especially in low-income areas. This was at first an effort to counter gang clothing, but later the goal was to improve morale and discipline. The arguments are controversial among many parents, students and educators. The students most likely to wear a school uniform are either very poor or very rich, one study said.
Proponents of uniforms argue they reduce cliques or gangs, allow students to concentrate on schoolwork rather than socializing and foster a professional atmosphere resulting in better morale.
Some CCISD parents say the new dress code was needed because some students dressed inappropriately.
"I like it. Everybody will be treated equally, and it will prevent stereotyping," said Carmen Benavidez who has a daughter at Miller High School. "I have seen kids going to school in pajamas and some of the girls in big heels like they were going to a dance."
Among the rules in the new code:
n T-shirts or polo shirts in the school's color or white must be long enough to tuck in.
n Pants must be worn at the waist and cover undergarments.
n Shorts must reach the bend of the knee.
n Skirts must reach below the knee.
n Shoes must have a backing or strap, and belts must be worn through the belt loops.