ACLU challenges school uniform policy

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the state Department of Education over a new uniform policy in Woonsocket schools.

The complaint alleges that the policy violates students' right to free speech. It was filed on behalf of four parents and their children.

Starting in September students in Woonsocket will be required to wear black or khaki pants, plain maroon or gray shirts, and black, brown or white shoes. Woonsocket is the first district in the state to impose a mandatory uniform policy, according to the ACLU.

Some charter schools and some schools in Providence also use uniforms. Central Falls school officials say they are considering a uniform policy as part of their high school turnaround plan.