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Although the states with the most students who wear school uniforms are the five big population states: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas, the ten cities with the most students in uniform are actually in eight different states and the District of
o Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA
o New York City, NY
o Houston, TX
o Philadelphia, PA
o Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
o Washington, DC
o New Orleans, LA
o Detroit, MI
o Jacksonville, FL
o Atlanta, GA
A case study of the effects of adopting school uniforms in Long Beach, CA which
appeared in Psychology Today in September, 1999, reported the following effects from
the switch to uniforms in 1995:
o Overall, the crime rate dropped by 91%
o School suspensions dropped by 90%
o Sex offenses were reduced by 96%
o Incidents of vandalism went down 69%
• Also reporting on the Long Beach Unified School District, an Education Week article in 1998 reported that since 1994, assaults in grades Kindergarten through 8 had decreasedby 85%
Some researchers, including David Brunsma of the Sociology Department of University of Missouri, have said that the benefits ascribed to the implementation of the LBUSD uniform policy were logically attributable to other factors; such as increased school security, collateral attendance enforcement efforts, and in-class programs designed to bolster sagging test scores.
I am wondering how the horse gals are going through so many pairs of jeans!
The Long Beach Unified School District has won a Golden Bell Award for its exemplary implementation of required school uniforms in grades K-8, the first public school system in the U.S. to do so.
The prestigious statewide award, granted to exemplary school programs by the California School Boards Association, was presented to LBUSD for excellence in the school safety category. District representatives will receive the award Saturday, December 7 at the CSBA Annual Education Conference in San Jose.
After two full years of required school uniforms in grades K-8, districtwide school crime in those grades is down 71 percent. For the same period, crime in LBUSD high schools, where uniforms are not required, increased 28 percent.
other factors; such as increased school security