Court Backs Public School Uniforms

No more T-shirts in Nevada district
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 2:42 AM CDT
Court Backs Public School Uniforms
Get ready for lots of plaid skirts.   (Getty Images)

In a decision that could impact several states, a federal court has upheld a Nevada school district's right to require public school student to wear uniforms. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against students who objected to wearing uniforms—including one who was suspended for wearing a T-shirt with religious slogans, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The district's dress code was not intended to impede  free speech, but was aimed at legitimate educational goals, the court ruled. Such goals include "creating an educational environment free from the distractions, dangers and disagreements that result when student clothing choices are left unrestricted," the ruling states. (More Clark County school district stories.)

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