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    Mandatory school uniforms near in Escambia

    ©Associated Press
    January 22, 2003

    PENSACOLA -- The Escambia County School Board approved a proposal for mandatory uniforms in public schools Tuesday, paving the way for a final vote next month.

    The board still must advertise the proposed rule and hold a public hearing Feb. 18 before making a final decision.

    If the rule passes, Escambia County would be the first district in the state requiring all students from elementary through high school to wear uniforms, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

    Last year, two Miami high schools became the first in the state to adopt mandatory uniforms. All of Miami-Dade County's 199 public elementary schools, along with 39 of its 53 public middle schools, have uniforms.

    In August, a federal judge in Tampa upheld Polk County's mandatory uniform policy for kindergarten through eighth grade.

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