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Introduction Since the days of the Puritans, laws and rules have been made concerning what is moral, or safe and best for society. Although dress codes are increasing in popularity throughout the United States, educators do not uniformly agree upon the benefits produced by these regulations (king, 1998). There is no certainty that dress codes reduce school violence or improve academic achievement. Furthermore, strict dress codes, which school officials justify because they are aimed at preventing gang violence, have been adopted in several areas that do not have gang problems, undermining some school official's justifications (Wilson, 1998). This paper will explore some of the issues that effect the debate as to whether or not school dress codes can be used as a problem solving tool. Public school administrators are beginning to consider uniform policies to improve the overall school environment and student achievement. Do dress codes in schools improve academic...

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