Strict Dress Code Yields 200 Detentions in 2 Weeks

90% of punished students have been girls
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2014 2:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A strict dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in 200 detentions in the last two weeks. A city Department of Education spokeswoman tells the New York Post the new "Dress for Success" policy at Tottenville High School was a "local decision" made "at the discretion of the principal." The DOE says parents signed off on the policy before the start of the new year. But some parents say the policy, which covers everything from tank tops and short-shorts to hoodies and sunglasses, has backfired. District 31 Superintendent Aimee Horowitz says skimpy clothing is banned because it "interferes with the learning and teaching process." Ninety percent of the detained students have been girls.

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