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A Great First Step to Improving Our Nations Schools The rise of violence in todays schools is being considered the worst threat facing the youth of our nation by many school and health professionals King 1 School officials search for answers to help improve the environment of their schools only to see conditions continue to deteriorate Officials have looked into using more security turn the school year into an all year program switching schools into magnet schools implementing school uniform programs and some schools have even went to the extreme of adding metal detectors in the main entrances of the school In 1994 Long Beach Unified School District in California became the first major school district in the nation to implement a mandatory school uniform policy According to an article by Jessica Portner the policy required 83000 elementary and middle school students to begin wearing a school uniform Since then school officials report a 76 drop in crime from the year before the implementation to the 1996-97 school year The question is are mandatory school uniform policies the first step in improving the quality of education children in every school across the nation receive today After viewing the positive results in Long Beach President Clinton has since showed his approval of nation wide school uniform policies in his 1996 State of the Union Address This has prompted school officials in larger school districts from New York to Chicago and states ranging from Maryland Florida Louisiana Georgia and Virginia all famous for troubled schools to begin looking at and implementing school uniform policies All of the above schools have shown a lower amount of violent crime and test scores have been on the rise after the implementation of the uniform policies Caruso 84 With all the positive results shown in the troubled school districts having implemented school uniform policies why dont more school districts across the nation not adopted these policies as well Many groups
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