Award Date

4-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

Number of Pages

57

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to compare and analyze student uniform policies in public school districts within the United States and to ascertain whether or not they are effective. Available information from America's 70 largest school districts is collected and compared to determine if the policies are feasible. Findings indicate there is a broad spectrum of ways in which the districts address student attire and imply that most of the districts are not adapting uniform policies, but are leaving the decision up to individual schools and to the parents. Districts that are adapting policies boast favorable results. Although statistical data is scarce, there is substantial anecdotal evidence suggesting that uniform policies are very effective in producing the desired behavior among students.

Keywords

Academic performance; Behavioral problems; Dress codes; Elementary schools; Middle schools; Public schools; School uniforms; Students

Disciplines

Education | Education Policy | Public Administration

Language

English


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