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School Uniforms: Do They Work in WCSD?

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University of Nevada researchers have released a study showing how students really feel about required uniforms in Washoe County School District.

Not surprisingly, about 90 percent of students at the test schools said that they did not like wearing their uniforms. But many said despite that, they are saving money, their families are happy, and they feel like there is less gang activity at school.

"They feel equal to others," University of Nevada Research Assistant Professor Dr. Jafeth Sanchez said. "That was like 30 percent of the students. So when you impact one third of the population in feeling equal to somebody else, to their peers, I think that's exciting. That's great news."

The group polled 1,350 students from three different middle schools that were in their first year of implementing uniforms.

Students overwhelmingly said they didn't like wearing them, but they still describe an improved, and safer, school climate. Some said they even felt that their teachers have treated them better since they started wearing uniforms.

Sanchez said an improved school climate often means an improvement in academics as well.

"The primary reason that we wanted to conduct the study was because we see policies in effect and often times we forget to do the follow up and see if it's really doing what it's supposed to be doing," Sanchez said.

The researchers do plan to conduct a follow-up study to see if the attitudes change in the second year of required uniforms.

There are currently 26 schools in Washoe County that require uniforms. District officials said there are no immediate plans to expand that number.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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