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Do School Uniforms Help Students? The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Uniform Policy

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Is a school uniform an advantage, or an unnecessary restriction? This topic has been debated in many school districts over and over for the past several years. The Lake County School Board in Florida tried to open up this issue again last week, only to again find that parents “vehemently opposed” the idea.

As the Daily Commercial points out, the debate itself about school uniforms becomes a distraction when the benefits are fairly minimal, and other needs (a budget hole, required building renovations, dealing with an expected surge in enrollment) are far more pressing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a school uniform for children to wear during school hours?

Advantages

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