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Re: NOT art related......

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 19:43:36 -0600


Laura Walker said...

Anyway, several of my fellow
>teachers THINK there was a recent court case regarding teacher dress codes &
>the teachers won (hooray!). We are all searching for this info. If any of
>you have access to this information, I would greatly appreciate you sending
>it to me. This is awfully big talk from a man that makes $71,000 dollars a
>year. If I made that kind of $$$ I could afford to ruin my "good" clothes.
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We had the same thing happen to us. The superintendent was upset when he
went to a school on jeans day and saw all the staff in jeans. He declared
that it was not acceptable to wear jeans. Many of our staff in PE,
Industrial Tech, and Art have ignored his ruling with no consequences. I
think part of it is whether your principal will support it or not.

I belong to the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education and
get a monthly newsletter which states all the legal cases in the country
which affect educators. I've looked through the newsletters from the past
two years and found similar cases that may help:

"Bivens es rel. Green vs. Albuquerque Pub. Schools, 899 F. Supp. 556 (DNM
1995)--
A student who received a long-term suspension for wearing sagging pants in
repeated violation of the school dresss code was not engaging in
constitutionally protected speech or expression. He failed to satisfy the
second prong requiring that the message conveyed be objectively recognized
by those who observed the conduct. The dress code itself was not
unconstitutionally vague, even though it was not expressed in terms of
inches or millimeters."

**I take it to mean that unless you can show a religious reason for wearing
jeans, you're in deep do-do and have to obey what the superintendent
said.**

"East Hartfod Educ. Ass'n vs. Board of Education of East Hartford, 562 F.2d
838 (2d Cir. 1977)--
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that a Connecticut school board
was justified in requiring all male teachers to wear a tie. The court did
not find the dress code arbitrary but accepted it as a rational means of
promoting respect for authority, traditional values, and classroom
discipline. Because of the uniquely influential role of teachers, the court
noted that they may be subjected to restricitions in their professional
lives that otherwise would not be acceptable."

**It looks like they are legally able to do such a thing. Sorry for the bad
news.

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