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Latest 'Under the Law' column examines dress codes, school uniforms and free expression

March 02, 2018
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood published another Under the Law column in Phi Delta Kappan magazine titled, "School uniforms, dress codes, and free expression: What's the balance?"

Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.

More public schools are adopting school uniform policies, and most of these schools have a high percent of low-income students. 

"How is this possible in a climate where there is so much litigation and publicity regarding lawsuits about students’ rights to express themselves through dress — particularly T-shirts?" Underwood writes.

Underwood goes on to explain the difference between dress codes and uniforms. She also discusses the value of free expression and analyzes uniform policies that exist. 

Read the full article here.
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