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The Case for Universal School Uniforms: Fostering Equity, Unity, and Focus on Learning

School uniforms have long been a topic of debate among educators, parents, and policymakers. While some argue that uniforms infringe upon students‘ individuality and expression, others advocate for their implementation as a means of promoting discipline, equality, and a conducive learning environment. In this article, we explore the merits of adopting universal school uniform policies and how they can contribute to a more equitable, unified, and focused educational experience.

Promoting Equity and Inclusivity

1. Leveling the Playing Field

One of the primary benefits of universal school uniforms is their ability to mitigate socioeconomic disparities among students. By mandating a standard dress code, regardless of socioeconomic background, schools can create a more equitable learning environment where all students feel included and valued. Uniforms eliminate the pressure to wear expensive or fashionable clothing, reducing the stigma associated with economic disadvantage and promoting a sense of belonging among students from diverse socioeconomic …

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Should high school start later? Wake County schools wants your thoughts on new start times

CARY, NC — The Wake County Public School System is taking another step exploring later high school start times and end times and earlier elementary school start times and end times.

The district will host town halls and focus groups later this fall and will soon send out a survey soliciting feedback. No changes would be made until the 2024-25 school year, at the earliest.

The switch is grounded in research on natural sleep rhythms and potential academic implications. But the likely wide-reaching impact has kept the school system from moving quickly toward making a change.

“We know that in 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that school set bell schedules no earlier than 8:30 am to improve the physical, mental health, safety and academic achievement of older students,” said Wake County Public Schools Chief Academic Advancement Officer Dr. Edward McFarland.

A change could affect parents’ schedules, students’ after-school

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Facing a forfeit, two unlikely participants stepped up so their high school could play

Over the last several years, it seems like there has been an increase in the amount of high school games that are getting canceled due to everything from teams not getting their helmets back from reconditioning at the beginning of this fall, to a lack of available players .

This weekend, Wewoka HS (OK) was facing a week four game against Mounds HS (OK) that they were going to have to forfeit being down eight players for a variety of reasons, they shared on social media.

To keep that from happening, two unlikely participants stepped forward.

Senior ladies Natalie Davis and Callie Ramsey stepped way out of their comfort zones to put on shoulder pads and a helmet to make sure Wewoka would have a game.

Davis stepped in and punted and kicked, corralling a bad snap to boot a 42 yard punt on her first attempt, while Ramsey played

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Pennsylvania school district accused of banning Girls Who Code book series | Pennsylvania

A school district in Pennsylvania temporarily banned the Girls Who Code book series for young readers, according to an index of banned books compiled by the free expression non-profit, Pen America.

The books are four of more than 1,500 unique book titles that have been banned by various schools across the country after conservative pushes to censor books. According to a report released by Pen America in April, 138 school districts across 32 states have banned books from their classrooms and school libraries, sometimes temporarily, even if only for a day, sometimes on an ongoing basis.

A recent update to Pen America’s banned book index included the Central York school district in Pennsylvania as banning the books The Friendship Code, Team BFF: Race to the Finish!, Lights, Music, Code! and Spotlight on Coding Club! They were among a suggested new list of more diverse teaching resources that ended up being

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When students’ basic needs are met by community schools, learning can flourish

“The suspension rate was high. MLK lamentably had the highest rate of disciplinary referrals in the entire district,” said Leslie Hu, MLK’s community school coordinator who added that standardized test scores were really low. The principal wanted to incorporate PBL, but knew students were distracted by a lack of basic needs that could not be met at home. Shifting to a community school model helped students with needs like food and medical care, and teachers like Founds were able to invest more time in developing their teaching practice.

Schools aren’t typically designed to offer more than instruction, but by addressing basic needsthey’re finding that students can learn better. Cincinnati Public School Learning Centers, Oakland Unified School District and even Lebron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, are community schools that lend a helpful framework for closing achievement gaps and improving student outcomes.

“The community school approach is where

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Lacey man, spurred by Texas school shooting, now stands guard

Meet Anthony Triplett Jr. He’s 31, he lives near Lacey and he’s a nine-year Army veteran with two children enrolled in North Thurston Public Schools’ Evergreen Forest Elementary and Nisqually Middle School.

He has worked in federal security, he says, and he followed that by forming a nonprofit called All in a Days Work to address veteran suicides.

And then on May 24, a mass school shooting unfolded in Uvalde, Texas, killing 21 people, including 19 students.

Triplett’s children asked him if they had to return to school the next day.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Triplett. Galvanized by the moment, Triplett asked himself, “What can I do?”

Around the time of the Texas shooting, there were elevated concerns about school safety, said North Thurston Public Schools spokesman Aaron Wyatt. Some in the community offered to patrol school hallways and some asked if bullet-proof glass could be installed, he recalls.

Triplett

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