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Monday, December 24, 2007

ACLU Tennessee Seeks Info on Dress Codes

The American Civil Liberties Union of Middle Tennessee (ACLU-TN) should soon receive the information it has requested to monitor Metro Nashville Public Schools’ standard school attire policy, according to an attorney with the Metro legal department.

The information request was received by Metro Nashville Public Schools Oct. 15, and ACLU-TN requested a response within 30 days.

Starting this school year, all Metro students are required to wear “standard school attire” — a dress code that includes navy blue, black or khaki slacks, shorts or skirts and white or navy blue shirts with short or long sleeves and a collar. Each school may also select up to four additional colors for shirts.

Students have the right to opt out of standard school attire for medical or religious reasons, and ACLU-TN is working to monitor how the district processes those opt-out requests.

On Oct. 12, ACLU-TN submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Director of Schools Pedro Garcia about attempts to secure exemptions from the standard school attire (SSA) policy. ACLU-TN asked to receive the information within 30 days of the request and followed up several times by phone, Weinberg said, but received no response until last week.

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