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Texas School Introduces Dress Code For Parents – Bans ‘Sagging Pants’ – (VIDEO)


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Principal Carlotta Outley Brown of James Madison High School announced earlier this month that parents would need to conform to a dress code to be permitted to enter the school, a policy that has drawn media attention and scrutiny.

Principal Carlotta Outley Brown of James Madison High School announced earlier this month that parents would need to conform to a dress code to be permitted to enter the school, a policy that has drawn media attention and scrutiny.

The April 9 letter announcing the policy is linked on James Madison High School’s homepage. It lists an array of clothing that parents are not permitted to wear inside the school or at school events, including:

  • “A satin cap or bonnet on their head”
  • Hair rollers
  • “Pajamas of any kind”
  • “Leggings that are showing your bottom and where your body is not covered from the front or the back”
  • “Sagging pants”
  • “Men wearing undershirts”
  • Daisy Dukes

The school – which has a dress code for its students as well, according to Houston Independent School District – enacted the parental dress code to help create a “professional educational environment,” Carlotta Outley Brown, the school’s principal, wrote in the letter.

“Parents, we do value you as a partner in your child’s education. You are your child’s first teacher,” Outley Brown said in her letter. “However, please know we have to have standards, most of all we must have high standards.”

Also banned from school grounds are men wearing undershirts, parents wearing sagging pants or shorts, revealing tops, torn jeans “showing lots of skin,” and “dresses that are up to your behind.”

Outley Brown, who is African American, took over as principal during the current school year, becoming the school’s fourth principal in five years. She previously was the principal at a Houston elementary school that routinely met state academic standards and occasionally earned awards for performing above average, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The elementary school at one point received one of the country’s highest academic honors and a U.S. Department of Education publication noted at the time that Outley Brown, concerned that parents were showing up in “inappropriately informal dress,” would explain to them that “they may not appear at school so dressed and firmly turned them away, as she did any parents using inappropriate language on school grounds.”

The push for parents to dress up has played out elsewhere. A dress code previously was pitched by lawmakers in Tennessee, where a bill sponsored by state Rep. Antonio Parkinson and one other ultimately was tabled. The bill would require all Tennessee schools to adopt a parent code of conduct that could include a parental dress code.

Parkinson brushed aside concerns that dress codes could target one class or race over another, telling the newspaper that, “I’m not speaking about affordable as much as priorities. … What could be a higher priority than bringing your child to school? You wouldn’t go to a date like that.”

The policy has found supporters on social media, with some users citing the student dress code as a reason there should be a policy for parents as well.

Critics of the policy have called it discriminatory, the Houston Chronicle reports. Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, specifically criticized the policy on women’s hair, calling it “classist,” “belittling” and “dismissive,” the newspaper says.

Principal Outley Brown has been repeatedly honored for her work as an educator. In 2015, Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a $100,000 check in part for a homeless outreach program she established at her previous school, where she also implemented a parental dress code. That school won a National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Education Department in 2008. She actually graduated from Madison High School in 1979 and said becoming its principal was her lifelong dream.

 

Lisa Duncan

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