Proposed OKC school district uniform policy rooted in common sense

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: December 2, 2012

The arguments the task force put forth in making the recommendation are reasonable. And there's certainly merit to the idea that a dress code policy requiring uniforms districtwide makes more sense than the differing standards now in force throughout the district.

Some parents and students will object that such a policy is unnecessary or punishes rule-following students. This is an understandable reaction. We're less inclined to go along with comments that students need the freedom to choose their dress so they can learn about appropriate dress in preparation for the workforce. Strict dress codes — including uniform requirements — aren't unusual in the workplace. Following whatever rule an employer puts in place is simply a fact of life.

Tulsa Public Schools instituted a districtwide uniform policy this school year, so Oklahoma City could certainly learn from our neighbors about what details are and aren't working and write the final policy accordingly.

We appreciate the efforts of the task force in studying the issue — and for its courage in making a strong recommendation members knew would be controversial. We urge the community and school board members to seriously consider the common-sense recommendation of a districtwide uniform policy.

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