Posts Tagged ‘dress code’

Ill. mayor draws up trouble with color ban

Limiting what colors men can wear in East St. Louis is likely an unconstitutional step in trying to combat gang violence.

Calif. school can bar students’ American flag T-shirts

Federal judge agrees with Morgan Hill district official who called the wearing shirts of U.S. flag shirts on Mexican holiday ‘incendiary.’

High court turns away challenge to Confederate flag ban

Lower courts had sided with Tennessee school district, rejecting student Tom Defoe’s free-speech claim that he had a right to wear the racially divisive symbol to school.

Iowa school district’s dress code goes too far, state judge finds

DES MOINES, Iowa — An administrative law judge says the Waterloo school district went too far with its dress code.
Administrative Law Judge Carol Greta said she understood school officials’ attempt to create a positive school environment, but she recommended that the State Board of Election reverse the dress code.
In May, Waterloo Community Schools adopted a [...]

When the First Amendment doesn’t help, Texas will

After a yearlong legal battle, Adriel Arocha has finally won the right to attend public school wearing his hair in traditional braids — a practice his family believes is essential for expressing their faith as members of the Liban Apache tribe.
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a Texas school district violated the then-kindergartner’s [...]

Calif. students sue over U.S. flag-clothing flap

MORGAN HILL, Calif. — The families of three students at a California high school who were ordered to remove clothing with the U.S. flag on Cinco de Mayo are suing the school district.
The lawsuit was filed June 23 in U.S. District Court in San Jose. The lawsuit claims school officials at Live Oak High School [...]

Hazelwood used to justify cap-and-gown requirement

Public school students’ graduation garb is school-sponsored speech, which gives school officials authority to impose uniform cap-and-gown requirements on students. That’s the lesson of an interesting South Dakota case in which a federal judge rejected the First Amendment claims of Aloysius Dreaming Bear, who objected to wearing a cap and gown over his traditional [...]

Blog: Students lose with high court’s denial

The U.S. Supreme Court missed a golden opportunity to provide much-needed guidance on the state of student expression when it denied review today in Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent Community School District.
The case out of Texas involved a challenge to a school dress-code policy that prohibited nearly all message T-shirts, even those with political messages. The [...]

Texas student appeals T-shirt ruling to high court

The U.S. Supreme Court could resolve a pressing First Amendment conflict and
help guide school administrators, teachers, students and parents in dress-code
controversies nationwide if it accepts the case of Palmer v.
Waxahachie Independent School District.
A dispute arose in September 2007 when then-sophomore student Paul T. “Pete”
Palmer wore a T-shirt that said “San Diego.” Waxahachie, Texas, school [...]

Ruling says attorney lacks right to wear hat, jeans in court

A New York-based attorney does not have a constitutional right to wear a hat and jeans in court, a federal district court ruled recently.
Todd C. Bank, who practices law in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens in New York City, asserted that he had a First Amendment free-speech right and 14th Amendment liberty right to [...]

Blog: when the majority writes the rules

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When people complain about the growing list of requests for accommodation in
public schools from students and parents from minority faiths, I like to remind
them that the majority faith wrote the rules.
Founded as Protestant-dominated institutions in the 19th century, public
schools never open on Sunday, close for Christmas, and in other ways
institutionalize accommodations for the majority [...]

8th Circuit sides with Mo. school in dispute over Confederate flag

School officials in Farmington, Mo., were justified in suspending students for wearing Confederate flag clothing because of several racially charged incidents, a federal appeals court panel has ruled.
Three students — known in court papers by their initials B.W.A., R.S. and S.B. — from Farmington High School sued in federal court after being suspended for wearing [...]

Ark. school district seeks high court review of armbands case

A recent appeal to the nation’s highest court by an Arkansas school district seeks to limit the application of a Supreme Court standard in cases involving challenges to school-uniform policies. The case involves black-armband protests by students against the Watson Chapel School District’s adoption of a new uniform policy.
Nearly 40 years ago, the Supreme Court [...]

Issue of what not to wear emerges as voters go to polls

Editor's note: The Associated Press reported Oct. 29 that the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and Rutherford Institute would file a lawsuit challenging the ban, but not until after the election. Meanwhile, the AP also reported that U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan ruled against [...]

11th Circuit backs Fla. school district’s rules on body piercings

A Brevard County, Fla., dress code prohibiting jewelry that pierces anything but ears does not violate the First Amendment rights of students, a federal appeals court ruled recently.
Danielle Bar-Navon, a 10th-grade student at Viera High School in Melbourne in 2006, had challenged the policy, which provided:
“Pierced jewelry shall be limited to the ear. Dog collars, [...]

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