School uniforms required after forced privatization of Ashpole Elementary

Because apparently "choice" is only an option for parents and not students:

Eric Hall, Superintendent for the ISD, added, “In addition to fostering a sense of community and school spirit, student uniforms will help make mornings easier for families by eliminating discussions about what to wear from morning routines; relieve school staff from administering school dress codes, reduce the potential for teasing with regards to a student’s attire, and they’re economical.”

Wait, I thought charter schools were supposed to be an incubator for creative thought, a radical shift away from the "conformity" of the factory-styled public school model, a monument to freedom of thought, a paradigmatic shift...You're right, I'm being facetious. The school choice movement has nothing to do with innovation, and everything to do with social engineering and money-making. Expecting them to operate in the way they've promised in order to sell their destructive policies is an exercise in futility. Also, we'll see how "economical" those uniforms are going down the road. Parents will be buying replacements before Halloween rolls around.

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I am well aware

that many folks (even Progressive Dems) support the idea of school uniforms, and I'm not 100% opposed myself. I've had those morning arguments too, and had tear-streaked faces beseeching me to purchase wildly expensive brand-name articles of clothing. But you know, that's part of growing up. As children and as parents.

There's one...

...and only one retailer "licensed" to sell school uniforms for our local charter school. The parents of students in the school I've talked to say that little logo makes an average pair of Khakis very expensive.

Does not surprise me

One very common thread running through privatization efforts (whether schools or mental health or fill in the blank) is the collection of businesses that swoop in to make money. And usually the tail wags the dog; somebody wants to sell something, and all of a sudden there's a need for that something.