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Trustee Purtee Wants School Uniforms

One of the newest trustees on the Coeur d’Alene school board would like to see a mandatory student uniform policy instituted at every school in the district. Jim Purtee, who was appointed to serve as a trustee in April, pitched the idea at Monday’s school board meeting. He was elected to serve as the board’s vice-chair at the same meeting. Purtee said he’s promoting uniforms because he feels it’s his duty as a trustee to bring forward ideas and programs that will improve students’ academic results. “As has been proven, across the country, allowing casual dress is allowing a distraction to the learning environment, so why allow that?” Purtee told The Press on Thursday. At least one of Purtee’s fellow board members, Tom Hamilton, disagrees/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Trustee Jim Purtee that all schools in the Coeur d'Alene School District require mandatory student uniforms?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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