How many public schools require school uniforms?
Between the 1999– 2000 and 2009–10 school years, the percentages of public schools requiring that students wear uniforms increased (from 12 to 19 percent). In 2009–10, the percentage of high schools (10 percent) that reported requiring students to wear uniforms was lower than the percentages of middle schools (19 percent) and primary schools (22 percent) with such a requirement.
Higher percentages of city schools than schools in suburban, town, and rural areas reported requiring students to wear uniforms. For example, 35 percent of city schools reported requiring students to wear uniforms, compared with 19 percent of suburban schools, 10 percent of schools in towns, and 9 percent of rural schools reporting such a requirement.
Additionally, higher percentages of high-poverty schools (where 76 percent or more students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) than low-poverty schools (where 25 percent or less of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) reported requiring students to wear uniforms.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012 (NCES 2013-036), Indicator 20.
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