There has been an increase in the number of schools requiring uniforms for their students, while there are differing opionions on whether it's beneficial:
"People look at school uniforms and think they're expensive but when you take a look at the stores and everybody having to have name brand clothing, it's just as expensive," said Patti Nowak, a parent. "The nice thing too is we can recycle clothes. There's lots of schools that have programs set up that if the kids grow out of the item, there's a program usually in the school where if it's in great shape you can put it right back in there."
Wegener says a $150 outfit can last an entire year.
"You don't have to have a spring wardrobe, a winter wardrobe, a fall wardrobe," she said. "It's all the same."
Schools like St. Thomas Aquinas in Okemos say uniforms can instill school loyalty and promote modesty too.
But other educators say there isn't any clear data that correlates uniforms and stronger academic performance. They say clothing is one way kids can express their individuality.
"We really try to create an environment where we're helping kids to be successful even beyond Dansville," said Dansville Superintendent Amy Hodgson. "And eventually they're going to run into a place that doesn't have uniforms. So I guess our focus would be how do you treat people and how do you as administrators address those kind of disrespect issues so that when they leave here, they do know how to handle those situations."
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