ERIC Number: ED344301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Student Dress Codes in the 1990s.
Majestic, Ann L.
Inquiry & Analysis, p1-7 Jan 1991
In 1969 the Supreme Court, in "Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District," established the right of students to freedom of expression in school unless the exercise of that right would materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline or collide with the rights of others in the school. Two decades after "Tinker" there is now a nationwide trend to adopt stricter dress and grooming codes. In some public schools, even uniforms are being worn. This article examines the evolving legal status of student dress and grooming codes from the judicial confusion of the early 1970s to the increasingly deferential attitude of the courts to school officials in more recent years. School districts choosing to implement a uniform policy will be more likely to gain success if parents are involved in the decision-making and if the program is voluntary. (71 footnotes) (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hair; Supreme Court; Uniforms