School uniform bill never passed

School uniform bill never passed

There are 3 comments on the WJAR-TV story from Aug 21, 2008, titled School uniform bill never passed. In it, WJAR-TV reports that:

A clerical error is being blamed for a school dress code bill in the city of Woonsocket.

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Education Does Wonders

Narragansett, RI

#1 Sep 15, 2008
Is this bill really needed? I have mixed thoughts on the idea.

Although I do see some positives to implementing a dress code, I strongly disagree with the statements made by Former Schools Supt. Maureen Macera, who retired last week:

“The clothes of the fashion icons who wear miniskirts, mid-drifts and low-cut tops, gangster attire, presents a very wrong image in terms of respect for one another. The slogans on T-shirts, the gang attire, are not acceptable.[Uniforms] are much healthier for them to focus on academics,” Macera said.

I beleive at the heart of parts of this statement was racist sentiment. I believe anything which constitutes "Gangster attire" such as bandannas, is already banned in the school code. Also, some of the largest and most notorious gangs such as the crips often wear plain, non name brand clothing, such as khaki or black pants with plain t-shirts. I am sure her new and improved dress code will include khaki and black pants.

When she made this comment I believe she was referring to brands such as Rocawear, Sean John, Akademiks, Ecko, etc. These are not gang related brands. These are brands which relate to the hip hop generation. The statement had racist undertone.

Secondly, a large part of the issue in children, particularly young girls, wearing "mid-drifts and low-cut tops" is that their parents are allowing their children to go to school in this fashion. In some circumstances they even purchase this attire for their children.

In my opinion, dress code should not be implemented unless it is anounced no later than May and only become policy in the following School year. This will give parents ample time to assist their children in purchasing the required attire.
Troubkle Loc

Lincoln, RI

#2 Jun 30, 2011
screw uniforms man !!!!! Theres No Point !!
I like blue cuz ima crip so ima wear blue till i die hahaha Cuhrip D.C.G 4307 <<<< thats my set iight screw Uniforms hahahaha Caaaaripk

Boston, MA

#3 Mar 29, 2012
I have 4 girls in the Woonsocket School system, and another who has graduated in 2011 and is now assisting URI. I have always purchased proper clothing for my daughters, however, having them to wear something that doesn't fit their style, personality and does not allow them to have their uniqueness isn't right in my eyes. My daughters are exemplerary teenagers/children. My junior assisting WHS has already passed the necessary points to complete HS and she is not even a Senior yet. This makes it harder for the good kids, they focuse on what uniform to wear today, or if they can't find clean black or khaki's they don't want to go to school. They need to be focusing on education, on grades, on their future. Clothes have nothing to do with what their future holds. It's education!!

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