OKLAHOMA CITY – A controversial decision could change what some kids in Oklahoma City can wear to school.
The Oklahoma City public school board voted this week to adopt a district-wide uniform policy.
Most schools in the Oklahoma City school district already required uniforms, only 17 out of 74 schools did not.
Not everyone supports the change.
“Allowing these kids to be who they are makes them want to go to school and want to succeed,” parent Lisa Mendez said.
Lisa has a daughter who attends Classen SAS, which did not have a previous uniform dress code.
Lisa also has kids that attend Cesar Chavez.elementary, a school that does have a dress code.
Lisa said she doesn’t like the idea of a district-wide uniform policy.
“I feel like we should be focusing on performance and not on pants and a polo shirt,” Mendez said.
Bob Hammack, the board’s newest member, talked with us about why he voted for the uniforms. An OKC parent who said she is against the new uniform policy, Brenda Green, shared her side as well.
“As a district, we should have a standard uniform policy so all kids, regardless of schools, have the same expectations,” deputy superintendent Sandra Park said.
Park said a universal uniform policy removes a distraction to learning and increases safety.
That argument clearly doesn’t sway every parent.
“Our staff, were focused on what kids were wearing instead of academics and we want the school day focused on academics,” Park said.
“Our schools are D and F schools,” Mendez said. “We need A and B schools. Uniforms are not gonna do that for us.”
Under the new uniform policy, each school can choose their own dress code with different colors and combinations, although each school must allow for a white shirt and khaki pants.
The change is set to take effect starting next school year.