Loving school uniforms yet?

School dress codes are a subtle way to prepare our children for the real world where they must dress for success. As I pass by at least six school bus stops every morning, it’s nice to see our kids looking so good out there these days as opposed to when it was sometimes hard to tell the parents from the students.

Initially, many were against school uniforms for various reasons. But there has been little fanfare from parents about the expense, nor from students about the willingness to wear them. Even based on this petition seemingly geared towards high school students who are at least 18 years old, with only 1,758 signatures (from both parents and students), the majority aren’t opposed.

I stopped by a couple of the bus stops in my area, and while a few kids admitted they don’t mind wearing uniforms, none wanted their name attached to that statement in print. But they all begrudgingly acknowledged that the new dress code has made their lives a little easier. And while I still see young men with sagging pants at the bus stop, hopefully the code is being enforced on school grounds.

“The uniforms were actually much less expensive than buying regular clothes,” says parent Peggy Brooks, whose son attends Rex Middle School. “It draws their attention away from the clothing. You still have some kids competing with shoes to distinguish themselves, but for the most part everyone looks alike. At least that’s one less distraction.”

While school uniforms will not fix all of CCPS’s problems, it seems to be a good addition. Has your child acclimated to wearing uniforms? Were they as expensive as some thought?

REMINDER: CCPS Superintendent Edmond Heatley’s final public forum will be held on Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro).

78 comments Add your comment

Black Woman In Clayco

September 28th, 2009
10:31 am

My daughter HATED having to go along with a dress code. She won’t readily admit that its easier on her, but I know it is. She used to spend too much time in the evenings trying to figure out what to wear the next day and I’d tell her it’s school not a fashion show! I used to feel bad that I couldn’t afford to “keep up with the Jones” so she could wear the in clothing and this year I not only saved money but didn’t have to feel bad. Lady in the article is right about the shoes but that’s affordable for a young lady. Good idea to whoever came up with it.

sjkfd

September 28th, 2009
2:01 pm

If a PUBLIC school makes my kids wear a uniform, IT WILL BE SUED.

wasteofmymoney

September 28th, 2009
4:32 pm

The schools are still not enforcing the dress code policy. some of the girls have found a loophole in the system, so they wear high heel shoes, open toed shoes oppose to wearing sneakers which I think a safer. And they don’t have to wear a “polo’ shirt, as long as it has a collar on it and is the color colors, button down. The school lets them slide with it.(Drew High School)

southside

September 28th, 2009
4:51 pm

Enter your comments here

Resolute

September 28th, 2009
5:12 pm

It is not Uniform dress- it is a uniform style dress. Shoes and accesories are not covered. The whole thrust of this was to get the hoochie dress and the pants-belted-at-the-knees out of our schools.

The first poster here is right. It is cheaper and less stressful for the students.

The Truth

September 28th, 2009
8:11 pm

Codes likes this are put in place by schools, because the parents will not do their job. Most of them dress like their kids anyway.

Ecstatic

September 28th, 2009
10:33 pm

I wish that uniforms were required when I was in school. I think things would have been much easier. I would have saved all of the hard earned cash that I earned from my part time jobs too!!

sjkfd

September 29th, 2009
8:39 am

If a PUBLIC school makes my kids smart, IT WILL BE SUED.

Mom of stroke survivor

September 29th, 2009
11:53 am

My youngest entered kindergarten this year. He was fine wearing his navy polo shirt and khaki pants on the first day of school. On the second day, he informed me that he already wore those clothes. I had to explain a “uniform” to him. School clothes shopping was very easy. I was even able to find nice shirts and pants at thrift stores which saved lots of money. My son is not competing with anyone when it comes to clothes. We don’t have fights because everyone else is wearing a certain brand. I thought it was cute when my son asked if he could have a belt because another boy wore a belt. Better a new belt than over priced clothes. So I am very pleased with the uniforms.

Billy Bob

September 29th, 2009
12:17 pm

Just get it straight, Clayton county. I do not have kids in school but I pay a huge chunk of the school tax being a homeowner. Whatever it takes to get the property values way up there, I don’t care if they make ‘em wear potato sacks!

No kids in CCPS

September 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

No kids in CCPS but had to say yes these kids look 100% better then they used to like night and day. If you look good you feel good and hopefully apply yourself to learn more in class.

ed

September 29th, 2009
3:46 pm

I like the idea of the uniforms but, instead of making us buy differnt color shirts (each grade )should be have their own color shirt. My kids like the idea

oldtimer

September 29th, 2009
3:50 pm

No more kids in the system, but I like seeing the kids at bus stops. I do hope HS and MS students are following the rules…some are a little harder to tell as I drive by. I hope it improves the schools and the children’s attitude.

mom

September 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

I like the idea of the uniform. i have no problem with this but i think (each grade) should be have to wear a certain color shirt instead of making us but differnt shirts.

Now lets focus on raising the bar on everything

September 29th, 2009
10:05 pm

The same amount of time and effort that was put into the uniforms should be channeled to raising the bar on every other level –attendance, academics and oh yes, real community involvement not just a dog and pony show that we have seen in the last three forums with the new superintendent. God did we blow it when we let the evil ones chase Dr. Pulliuam away!

Now lets focus on raising the bar on everything

September 29th, 2009
10:25 pm

The same amount of time and effort that was put into the uniforms should be channeled to raising the bar on every other level –attendance, academics and oh yes, real community involvement not just a dog and pony show that we have seen in the last three forums with the new superintendent. God did we blow it when we let the evil ones chase Dr. Pulliam away!

Loving the farce

September 30th, 2009
10:15 am

Are you loving the CHARADE that the current and former teachers on the board actually dealt with discipline with uniforms?

Well if you love the CHARADE, then you’ll love the REALITY of continued substandard success, combined of course with a world class vision. If this is what passes as world class vision, then CCPS is in serious need of eye surgery.

Woe, woe, woe, for Dr. Pulliam is gone

September 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

Yes it is SO terrible that Dr. Pulliam is gone! She had ONE MILLION DOLLARS in administrative positions slipped into the budget, positions that DIDN’T EVEN HAVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS.

But that evil Norreese Haynes publicly called her on it, and she had to take the positions out of the budget.

That EVIL Norreese Haynes. If it wasn’t for him, we’d still have Dr. Pulliam as well as MANY of her friends, costing ClayCo MILLIONS in well paid positions that didn’t even have JOB DESCRIPTIONS.

How evil that Mr. Haynes was, for keeping Pulliam from taking care of all of her friends at taxpayer expense. How EVIL!

Speaking of Pulliam

September 30th, 2009
1:45 pm

At least with Dr. Pulliam we would have gotten our money’s worth. She was a class act that the outside forces/status quo was not able to deal with. Sadly, you still have a board of education, starting with the chairman that is being funded and directed by outside forces.

Spin cycle

September 30th, 2009
2:44 pm

Speaking of Pulliam, if you can explain how trying to sneak ONE MILLION DOLLARS in administrative positions into the budget, for positions that DIDN’T EVEN HAVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, is both a class act and something ClayCo would have gotten its money’s worth for, then you should open up a political consulting firm, because that would definitely establish your credentials as a master of spin.

tgh

September 30th, 2009
2:49 pm

I like the uniforms. I would not want each grade to have it’s own color. I would have to buy all new shirts each year, even if they still fit and wouldn’t allow you to pass them down as easliy.

Black in Clayton

September 30th, 2009
3:45 pm

Again the real power behind the power will have its way. The new K-8 school is to be named and the mascot may be either a cow or a chicken! It seems odd – with the make-up of this BOE; but maybe, with a few ex-teachers on the board – a little professional jealously is at work here.

uaaaaaaa

September 30th, 2009
5:01 pm

Hate Uniform I wanna be unique not look like everybody else!!!!1

Big Earl

September 30th, 2009
5:23 pm

To the new Trotter posts – easy to recognize you my little buddy

Pulliam was a great asset but did play loose with the money. But since you want to pat yourself on the back and your puppet on the old BOE for getting rid of Pulliam and crowing about the $1 million admin costs. Wait till you see the bill from Thompson; you know, the one your board members, including Noreese, put into place, gave carte blanche to, and in the process shirked all responsibilities. $1 million will seem like a bargain. Kinda stings – don’t it.

renita burwell

September 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

To skjkd: Please stop selling woof tickets and get on with the lawsuit. To waste of your money: No, the schools w/not enforce the code, thats only for kids they don’t like. To loving the farce: Let the church say amen. And guess what? You will really love the farce five years later, when you realize the schools still have the same problems that the uniforms didn’t solve.

whatever

September 30th, 2009
9:25 pm

Enter your comments here Speaking of uniform. Don’t you just love the way the posts of the trolls,NOW LETS FOCUS ON RAISING THE BAR ON EVERYTHING, LOVING THE FARCE, WOE,WOE,WOE, FOR DR PULIAM IS GONE, SPEAKING OF PULLIAM, SPIN CYCLE. are all so uniform that if somebody were intelligent they would believe that they were written by the same person? Don’t you think that person should have more to do in their life than try to stir up hate and discontent? Don’t you think that that person must be overpaid as they seem to spend all their time posting against the school board? Makes one wonder. Doesn’t it?

Viral Vic

September 30th, 2009
10:26 pm

Is it true that Sgt. Edmund Heatley still has Principal Adams at Mundy’s Mill High School? The PSC defrocked her. No certificate. Don’t you get this, Sgt. Heatley? This is highly illegal. This is not California. Georgia law. Yep, you might need someone who will give you the correct advice on Georgia School Law, and that person would not by Glenn Brock.

Omniscient

September 30th, 2009
10:35 pm

The school uniforms are “EXCELLENT”, however instituted by the old BOE. Meanwhile, naming the new panhandle school after any of the two plutocrats that temporarily stole accreditation is “Recidivism” = the tendency to relapse into a previous undesirable type of behavior, especially criminal.

Axiomatic

September 30th, 2009
10:47 pm

I thought to name a school after someone in Clayton County, that person “MUST” be dead? That got to be in policies BH,BB,BG something! I guess the BOE is letting some outside entities twist they’re arm! I’m going to tell SACS next week!

Accentuate

September 30th, 2009
10:59 pm

The school uniforms look GREAT, but belts for boys and high heels for girls need to be worked out in the high schools. However, it is just like “LO” the ole fat confederate says, “It’s “Unethical” to name a school after a person “Merely” because they’re still walking on Earth”!

Clatyon Resident

October 1st, 2009
8:45 am

Don’t believe the old boe instituted school uniforms. Their regime couldn’t even enforce the dress code already in place at the time. But even if they did have anything to do with instituting school uniforms, all you did was prove that was one more thing the old school board couldn’t do right that the new one did. My kids hate the dress code but I don’t care and they know it. A lot worse things in life than a dress code and yeah it saved me a lotta money.

LOUISE NORTON`

October 1st, 2009
8:59 am

Enter your comments here
I agreed with the idea of students wearing uniforms. However, the students look like clowns in the “so called” uniform. Does anyone know the meaning of UNIFORM? The studentw are wearing whatever they want, they just wear some of the colors. Come on Clayton County School

LOUISE NORTON`

October 1st, 2009
9:04 am

Enter your comments here UNIFORM? Are you kidding me! The students look like clowns. This is not what a uniform outfit looks like. The sudents are still in CONTROL. When will the real leaders of Clayton County Schools wake up….WHY is everyone frowing on Clayton County…..look who is leading the group.

Talk2theHand

October 1st, 2009
11:31 am

OK I just read the petition by the High school students against school uniforms. I would not sign that. But where is the one by the adults in Clayton county to KEEP the uniform? THAT one I would sign.

Jborodawg

October 1st, 2009
11:36 am

What!? No posts about ‘discipline’!?

They aren’t ‘uniforms’. It’s a ‘uniform dress code’. And, overall, a very good idea; for the reasons stated.

Oh please

October 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

Well, I see things haven’t changed much on this blog, but that’s okay. Keep up the good fight, Trotter. Maybe someday we will care what you have to say.

Anyway, I said it last year and I’ll say it again. The uniform dress code is awesome!!! Mine are in elementary so they have already long since got over the fact that the clothes do not make them who they are. Instead, they choose to be unique with their school performance. I doubt it will be very long before neighboring school systems follow suit. Great call, CCPS, and whoever came up with this brainchild! I’m lovin’ it!

BB

October 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

To Omniscient – You must be eating morning-glory seeds or licking frogs – to think the old BOE had anything to do with school uniforms . They could not even control themselves – hence lost accreditation. They could not think about policies involving the schools – they were too busy in-fighting and doing the massa’s work. Right JT ?

To Axiomatic – The rules for naming a school for someone still alive – is that that person has to agree to let it be done. Read the policy sometime. OR knowing who this is – you already know the policy.

To Accentuate – just get ready for the new school mascot to be either a Chicken or a Cow. Oh happy days. I like the other option which could be Eddie’s Eagles.

raja

October 1st, 2009
6:58 pm

Why do you care if they wear heels? I think they look very nice. Most of the kids (98%)wore their uniform from day one without complaining. People keep wanting to punish the kids for the problems with the school system. Most of CCPS problems are the adults running it. It’s easy to blame the child, it make you look productiive when you really are not.

Viral Vic

October 2nd, 2009
12:08 am

BB and Big Earl: You guys are so stoopid when it comes to facts. John Trotter was the one whom the AJC qouted as soon as the board voted for Thompson. JT is the one who criticized John Thompson from jump street. All any soopido politico has to do is google this and see that JT is qouted in newspapers throughout the country about the Clayton board hiring this educational reject from Tulsa and Pittsburg. By the way, JT never met the man nor communicated with him either directly or indirectly in any manner or form. The same thing with Edmund Heatley. Quite frankly, JT doesn’t give a rat’s behind about the school board or the superintendent in Clayton — whomever they are. He cares about taking care of the MACE teachers, and he does a darn good job of this. Might this be the reason why some apparently are so jealous. He is independent. Doesn’s have any person for whom he has to answer. Doesn’t have any boss snoopervising him. Isn’t this every person’s dream? Dr. Trotter always says that he has “the best job in American.” I heard him say the other day: “If Clayton Countians want a school system that is run by thugs, with violence and disorder reigning, then good for them. I hope that they are happy.”

No obligation

October 2nd, 2009
11:01 am

For those who don’t want to listen to Dr. Trotter, you may happily continue to do so. And continue to see your tax dollars go to the likes of Pulliam, and Thompson, and now Heatley, and continue to pay, and then pay some more for them and the cronies they bring in. All this Dr. Trotter tried to tell you about. All this you now get to pay for.

And as you continue to ignore Dr. Trotter, rejoice in that you are getting everything that comes as a natural consequence. A bottom of the barrel product that produces among the lowest scores in the metro area, yet makes the claim that it is world class in vision.

And don’t worry at all that the teachers on the board, who talk privately about how the lack of discipline is hurting the public schools, won’t publicly deal with the issue. Sure discipline is still terrible, the score are even worse, but the uniforms sure look snappy!

Please!

October 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

John Trotter get the hint! You are nothing in Clayton County schools anymore. Good bye!

NH

October 2nd, 2009
4:28 pm

He is – a LEGEND in his own mind !!

G Y

October 3rd, 2009
1:33 am

I have no life but to be jealous of JT. Why can’t I be him? Because I am a wimp? Please!

ABC

October 3rd, 2009
10:50 pm

because you are him – everyone sees thru your sophomoric little games – it seems even Mr. Haynes thinks so – see above

Omniscient

October 4th, 2009
11:42 am

To BB, everyone know you’re a BB brain! Everyone knows the accreditation lost is “Political Racism”! Look at Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention. Accreditation lost in Clayton”Pure Racism”

Axiomatic

October 4th, 2009
11:54 am

Yep, Accreditation Lost Threat is a “Racism Tool” for dummies

Axiomatic

October 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

The rich white folk of Clayton is “Threaten and Controlling with Accreditation Lost” the vast majority of the voting population “Black” is a form of “Racism”! However, Clayton’s dumb black elected idiots are allowing it to happen! “Accreditation Lost ” what is “THAT” in light of Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention. Please pray for “LO” pray for the schools “Klan effort” keep you stupid! This is “ONE” Question to ask Mark Elgart this week! Mark Elgart, why is there “NO” SACS intervention in this “PUBLIICLY AJC STORY” about Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention? Ain’t that “MORE” about the education of kids? Elgart, you’re a “FAKE” and is RACIST!

G Y

October 4th, 2009
6:10 pm

I will always bring up JT’s name…whenever I can. He doesn’t deserve the freedom that he enjoys! Please! He may have warned the school system about Chavis, Pulliam, Thompson, and Heatley, but I still am mad at him because I blame him for getting rid of Dan Colwell! I will always blame him for this! Please!

G Y

October 5th, 2009
11:43 am

Oh Please! Everyone knows that Mark Elgart of SACS is the biggest phoney out there! Please! Yes, dear, the little ones on the CCBOE are being led around by a collective ring in their naive noses by Chino Valley’s educational bandid, Sgt. Edmund Heatley. Oh please! Gimme a break! I hope JT is proud. I hold him responsible for all of the mess which is in Clayton County since he ran off Dan Colwell. We can only dependent on people like Larry and David now! Be strong, men!

Don

October 5th, 2009
9:16 pm

G Y, I see that you are stirring up things again. You can never hold on to a relationship. That’s why I left you in the first place…and took your truck. Happy living in Henry County. P. S. Clayton.Talk is your new relationship! Larry and David and I will still put out political signs in your truck this summer. Yea! We will be putting out NH’s signs. Get ready, Alieka!