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School uniforms for Worcester Public School students?

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

“ If it means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of what they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms.” – President Bill Clinton

Parochial and private schools have a long history of using school uniforms, but now across the country school uniforms are gaining favor. Morem than 10 states have passed laws allowing public schools to implement uniform policies. In Massachusetts it’s a voluntary school uniform policy and prior to implementation, a majority of the school site council members and the school principal must approve the school’s uniform policy. Since 2006 Worcester’s Jacob Hiatt Magnet Elementary School has had school uniforms; the policy has been supported by the parents.

Hiatt School Principal Patricia Gaudette said having a school uniform policy places the major emphasis on education. She feels it builds a positive perspective about their role, as it takes pressure off the students as to who is wearing the “coolest trends” in clothing. She went on to say that when students come to school wearing their school uniforms, they are responsible for their learning and take ownership of their day. Continue reading School uniforms for Worcester Public School students?