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A debate about the wether uniforms make a difference in a childs academic performance

Miller, a volunteer lunch monitor on Thursdays for the last 15 years, and other area ministers want the Danville school board to implement a districtwide uniform for students starting in the fall of 2014. Image If you're not up on the latest in teenage fashion, just ask Thomas Miller and Corey Stocksdale.

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The two Danville ministers have seen it all — quite frankly, too much, they'll tell you — in their combined 21 years as volunteer lunchroom monitors at Danville High School. He and Miller were on lunch duty recently when they got to talking about how the girls' skirts seem to get shorter and shorter every year while the boys' pants seem to sag lower and lower. They shouldn't have to do that. That's time that should be spent on education. And the board seems willing to hear them out, said its president, Bill Dobbles.

School uniform debate experiences revival

We're talking a collared shirt and pants that will create a professional-like atmosphere," said Miller, who has pushed for a uniform policy in the local public school system off and on for nearly a decade. The plan called for requiring the district's elementary and middle-school students to wear "businesslike" attire — generally solid-color shirts with a collar and slacks, skirts, jumpers and shorts. Consequences for noncompliance would have ranged from a warning to a three-day out-of-school suspension.

But board members never acted on the proposal due to a lack of parental support. A slight majority of parents who were surveyed voted in favor of the proposal at Liberty, East Park and Cannon elementary schools.

Will things be different this time around?

Dobbles said board members are open to reconsidering the idea and will begin discussions at a special study session at 6: Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Kids there have sported white, blue and khaki-colored outfits since the K-5 school reopened as a magnet school 17 years ago. Their uniforms vary slightly by school but generally are white, navy and khaki-colored outfits, said Stephanie Stuart, community relations coordinator for Champaign's Unit 4 district.

Students at other Danville and Champaign schools, as well as all Urbana public schools, don't have mandatory uniforms but do follow general dress codes — Danville's, for instance, prohibits hats, hoods and sunglasses inside; halter tops, pajamas, slippers and wallet chains, just to name a few.

  • Plus, many public schools and Catholic schools, including Holy Cross in Champaign and Schlarman in Danville, all have uniform "closets" — rooms with clothing items that parents have donated to the school after their children have outgrown them;
  • Every child is special and unique for who they are as a person;
  • The plan called for requiring the district's elementary and middle-school students to wear "businesslike" attire — generally solid-color shirts with a collar and slacks, skirts, jumpers and shorts;
  • I think it will also promote school unity and pride;
  • That's time that should be spent on education.

Those dress codes are reviewed regularly and updated on an as-needed basis, according to school officials. The scientific research on making students wear uniforms and its impact on student behavior and academic performance is both minimal and mixed, officials said.

  • Navy blue shirt with collar; navy or khaki pants, dress or skirt; navy sweater or sweatshirt with no pictures or writing;
  • Cardinal red, white or navy blue long- or short-sleeve shirt with a collar; khaki or navy pants, skirt, jumper and capris; red, white or navy sweater, sweatshirt or sweat jacket; no logos, insignias or decorations on clothing except for the Barkstall logo; belt with loops; plain white, black, brown or navy tennis shoes or street shoes;
  • Geren said she collected enough anecdotal evidence during her six years in Danville — two as a teacher at Northeast and another four as principal at the Catholic Schlarman High — to see the benefits of school uniforms;
  • They take the focus off of what the kids are wearing and put it on education;
  • This will be like we're all on the same team.

Geren said she collected enough anecdotal evidence during her six years in Danville — two as a teacher at Northeast and another four as principal at the Catholic Schlarman High — to see the benefits of school uniforms. Her background was a big reason she pushed for them about 2 years ago at Kenwood, a school with 380 students, 75 percent of whom come from low-income families. It levels the playing field," she said. Every child is special and unique for who they are as a person. I'm not good enough, so I can't be this or that,'" she said.

One common complaint kept cropping up. The Sears store in Danville's Village Mall offers families a uniform coupon at the beginning of the school year, assistant store manager Debbie Watson said. The financial toll will surely be debated in Danville, a district that is about 77 percent low-income.

That has created some reluctance among school board members to adopt a mandatory uniform policy. Mary Albeanese, the parent of a Danville High School senior and sophomore, believes the intent is good.

But like many opponents, she worries that uniforms will put a financial strain on families. They wouldn't have to purchase as many personal tops and bottoms for kids to wear to school, which would amount to a savings for many.

That's not the only case against cost that uniform proponents make.

  • We're talking a collared shirt and pants that will create a professional-like atmosphere," said Miller, who has pushed for a uniform policy in the local public school system off and on for nearly a decade;
  • Dobbles said board members are open to reconsidering the idea and will begin discussions at a special study session at 6;
  • But like many opponents, she worries that uniforms will put a financial strain on families.

Several discount retailers — including Target and Wal-Mart — offer uniforms in their stores and online, which drives down prices. Older siblings are able to pass the uniforms down to younger siblings. Plus, many public schools and Catholic schools, including Holy Cross in Champaign and Schlarman in Danville, all have uniform "closets" — rooms with clothing items that parents have donated to the school after their children have outgrown them.

If they've needed something, they've been able to go to the uniform closet and get what they need. They take the focus off of what the kids are wearing and put it on education. And I feel it's just so easy. We never have that argument in the morning about what to wear.

  1. Consequences for noncompliance would have ranged from a warning to a three-day out-of-school suspension. Will things be different this time around?
  2. Then the board will vote on them in May, with implementation likely to take place at the start of the coming school year.
  3. Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. That has created some reluctance among school board members to adopt a mandatory uniform policy.
  4. We're talking a collared shirt and pants that will create a professional-like atmosphere," said Miller, who has pushed for a uniform policy in the local public school system off and on for nearly a decade.
  5. That's time that should be spent on education. The Sears store in Danville's Village Mall offers families a uniform coupon at the beginning of the school year, assistant store manager Debbie Watson said.

The committee, which is open to all community members in the district, began reviewing the student handbook — including the dress code — in November. It will continue to do so over the next few months. Chairwoman Sharon Phillips, principal of South View in Danville, said the committee will forward any recommendations to the school board in April.

Then the board will vote on them in May, with implementation likely to take place at the start of the coming school year. While Dobbles believes board members may be open to school uniforms, he said they'll likely consider a policy — possibly for only elementary and middle school students — that would be phased in over time.

  1. Chairwoman Sharon Phillips, principal of South View in Danville, said the committee will forward any recommendations to the school board in April. Red, white or navy blue polo shirts and sweaters; khaki pants or skirts; belt with loops; tennis shoes.
  2. Every child is special and unique for who they are as a person. I'm not good enough, so I can't be this or that,'" she said.
  3. The committee, which is open to all community members in the district, began reviewing the student handbook — including the dress code — in November. He and Miller were on lunch duty recently when they got to talking about how the girls' skirts seem to get shorter and shorter every year while the boys' pants seem to sag lower and lower.
  4. They wouldn't have to purchase as many personal tops and bottoms for kids to wear to school, which would amount to a savings for many.

I think it will also promote school unity and pride. When you're on a sports team, you wear a uniform. This will be like we're all on the same team.

We're in this together. I like my clothes to express my individuality. But I do think it will decrease bullying. Some kids get looked down on because they wear clothes from Wal-Mart or shoes from Payless like they're dirty because they don't got money. I think uniforms will make people more confident in themselves. Cardinal red, white or navy blue long- or short-sleeve shirt with a collar; khaki or navy pants, skirt, jumper and capris; red, white or navy sweater, sweatshirt or sweat jacket; no logos, insignias or decorations on clothing except for the Barkstall logo; belt with loops; plain white, black, brown or navy tennis shoes or street shoes.

White, navy blue or light blue dress, long- or short-sleeve shirts with a collar; navy or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumper; solid color sweater and navy sweatshirt with no logos, insignias or decorations; belt with belt loops; closed-toe shoes.

Red, white or navy blue polo shirts and sweaters; khaki pants or skirts; belt with loops; tennis shoes. White, navy blue, light blue, pink or cardinal red long- or short-sleeve shirts with a collar; navy or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumper; solid-color sweater or sweatshirt with no words, insignia or decorations except for the Kenwood logo; belt with loops.

White short- or long-sleeve shirt with a collar; black, khaki or navy pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumper; belt with loops; white or black shoes. Navy blue shirt with collar; navy or khaki pants, dress or skirt; navy sweater or sweatshirt with no pictures or writing. More than a decade ago.