Uniforms are nothing new. Private and Catholic school students have worn uniforms for centuries, but implementing uniforms in public schools is a topic that has become more popular over the past 10 to 20 years and is always fraught with controversy.
For school districts that have implemented uniform policies in the past, their benefits seem to have outweighed any criticism they had brought.
The Penns Grove-Carneys Point School District has required its elementary and middle school students to wear uniforms for more than a decade. Students must wear beige, navy or black pants or shorts and white, navy, light blue or red polo shirts, dress shirts or turtlenecks without insignia.
“We have found it to be very productive,” Superintendent Joseph Massare said. “It’s minimized competition. Kids are getting to school on time ... It’s now normal procedure."