LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

  • The Edmonds School Board decided to defer a vote on a plan that would create a new school uniforms policy because they have a few more questions that need answering.
  • If new student uniform options are passed by the Edmonds School Board, individual schools would get to make the final decision.
  • One principal says 70 percent of his students are on free and reduced lunch and can't afford to buy multiple outfits for school.
  • 19 percent of U.S. public schools require student uniforms

EDMONDS, Wash. - The Edmonds School Board decided to defer a vote on a plan that would create a new school uniforms policy because they have a few more questions that need answering.

Board approval would put the decision in the hands of each individual school and likely wouldn't have kids in uniforms until the 2014-2015 school year.

At least two schools appear to be in favor of the change, including College Place Elementary in Lynnwood, where a recent poll found two-thirds of parents are in favor of student uniforms.

We want to take a thoughtful approach to this, said Principal Justin Irish. But, a small percentage of our families have a valid concern that students will lose a sense of the individuality.

Irish points out that of the 450 students at his school, 30 languages are represented and most immigrant families come from countries where uniforms are standard. Also, 70 percent of students are on free and reduced lunch and can't afford to buy multiple outfits for school.

Irish has formed a committee among parents to provide feedback.

Most recent statistics from the U.S Department of Education found that about 19 percent of public schools require students to wear uniforms, which is an increase from previous school years.

Do uniforms make schools better? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Read or Share this story: http://www.nwcn.com/story/news/2014/07/31/12956804/