Mandating school uniforms is a economic burden to parents
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Now, as a parent, I’m seeing the issue from a different angle.
“When it comes to things like school supplies, those are the things that can make or break your budget,” said Robyn Eastwood, assistant director of development and external affairs at Project Hope, a Boston-based organization that helps low-income mothers. Then it makes everything else a struggle.” Experts say school districts now have less money for supplies, forcing them to rely more on parents for items such as markers and construction paper, cleaning supplies, tissues, copy paper and printer ink.
My son’s private school requires students to purchase polo shirts with the school logo at a cost of .50 apiece, with an additional charge of .50 for shipping.
A friend had a similar experience when her children attended Community Academy, a public charter school.
make it easier to keep track of students on field trips, and make intruders on campus more visible.
Frank Quatrone, superintendent in the Lodi district of New Jersey, stated in Feb.
Mandatory uniform policies in public schools are found more commonly in high-poverty areas.
Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes.
Maloney might have to buy a graphing calculator instead of paying the electric bill. “School budgets are tight [and] the list of things that students are being asked to supply is expanding,” said Jim Mc Garry, president and CEO of the Education Market Association (formerly the National School Supply and Equipment Association).
Kim Rueben, a senior fellow with the Tax Policy Center, said that happens a lot when states and schools have had budget cuts.
While this is a hassle for middle-class parents, it’s a much bigger burden for poor families, who already struggle just to outfit their own kids for school.
“At this moment, it’s a definite stretch,” said Rhonda Maloney, a Project Hope client with two kids in school and one in college who works part-time as a medical secretary. but when it comes to going back to school, things kind of go downhill,” she said.
Arianna Keyes, 8, creates signs with the help of Laura Vincent, development manager at Project Hope in Roxbury, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. Vincent facilitates donations of school supplies through the agency to families in need.