NYC Public School Imposes Dress Code For Teachers, Bans Jeans

Principal At P.S. 64 Says If You Want To Act The Part, You Have To Look It, Too

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new dress code policy is sparking debate at an East Village elementary school, because this one is aimed at teachers.

As CBS 2’s Cat Andersen explains, the school’s principal is cracking down on what they wear.

A dress code for students is standard at most schools, but at P.S. 64 Robert Simon School, teachers are being told how to dress for class.

“Some folks were not wearing what I would consider to be professional attire,” Principal Marlon Hosang said.

Hosang said there has always been a policy in the teacher’s handbook that calls for professional attire. He said he’s just recently clarified that jeans, flip flops and gym clothes are not considered professional.

“I think we need to teach our children early on that there’s a certain way you dress to go to a ball game versus going to your job,” Hosang said.

Some parents and school employees are on board.

“They will look up to them more in a professional way,” parent Evelyn Valerio said.

“I feel that if you’re professional, if you’re dealing with parents and students, look the part,” P.S. 64 staff member Ron Marli added.

But others said the dress code is too strict for teachers at an elementary school.

“They’re dealing with paint and all kinds of things sitting on the floor, so I don’t see anything wrong with jeans or even sneakers,” parent Noemi Hernandez said.

“I can totally get the flip flops. I can totally get the gym clothes. In fact, I can totally appreciate that rule, but jeans seems a little far,” parent Sue Johnson added.

Parents who disagree with the new policy said it’s depends on your point of view. Attire that’s considered inappropriate in some professional settings may be perfectly acceptable in others.

“We don’t know what these kids are going to be doing. There’s a dress code where it’s casual, or business casual,” Hernandez said.

As far as enforcing the policy, Hosang is not sending teachers home or writing them up. In fact, he said all of them are complying on their own and said if a teacher is wearing something inappropriate, he’ll simply ask them not to wear it again.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …


One Comment

  1. john meltorment says:

    Teachers should not be wearing jeans & should all be fired for needing to be asked not to wear ’em. I’ll bet 99% of those people are wearing sneakers, too.

  2. IMHO says:

    Unless the clothing is too tight or sexy leave it alone. It doesn’t matter what the teacher is wearing as long as they are capable teachers. Do I really care if they wear jeans or a suit? No. I don’t judge people by their dress. If they come to school and they reek of body odor, their clothes are filthy or they haven’t even combed their hair that’s different. This is the same argument that was discussed 50 years ago. Clothes are not the most important issue. Get over it and judge them on their ability to teach our children. If they wear a suit but ttheir don’t learn that isn’t a good thing. If they wear jeans but their students are inspired to learn that’s a good thing. . You can’t take a single criteria and judge all people by it. This is a nonsensical issue. Judge the teacher by how well the students learn, not how the teacher dresses.

    1. Mamaof5 says:

      I agree…

  3. inmaine says:

    Where I grew up all of my teachers, from elementary school to high school dressed professionally and could wear jeans on Fridays. I didn’t realize that there were any schools that had allowed different and even on Friday our teachers still dressed professionally even wearing jeans. There were no flips flops and hardly even sneakers unless they were a physical education teacher. Teachers should be dressing professionally.

  4. Caroline Miller says:

    Flip-flops are NEVER considred professional, not even business casual! Start acting like a grown-up and a professional!

  5. bagm says:

    Seriously –
    You can’t put on a pair of khaki pants? That is NOT a full business suit, but it looks nicer than jeans. If you’re worried about paint and glue, buy black docker type pants. Teachers at my school were NOT allowed to wear jeans in the classroom. I think it is shameful that they do now. The only time they wore jeans was when we were going on a field trip to the zoo or a park or some other outdoor venue.

  6. Camella Herrin says:

    Shall we mention morale? Like “Pizza Friday” for students, “Jeans Friday” for teachers just makes us happy here at my Cabarrus County school. We know that low-riders, holes, and too tight denim are inappropriate, but we really love wearing comfy jeans that one day a week. And for professional educators in NC who haven’t had a raise in 4 years, are dealing with larger classrooms than ever, and face instructing 5 more days next year with no extra pay, the fact we have a principal considerate enough to try to make us happy….we so very much appreciate it!

  7. Sean says:

    Obviusly everybody has a different opinion on what being professional is and what looking professional is. The thing is, just because you don’t wear a suit and tie, or a suit type dress/skirt, it does not mean that you are not professional.

    The general consensus is that if you dress professionally you will act professionaly and therefore other people will think you are a professional. That is plain and simple bull. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dealt with people that dressed professionally but acted nowhere near the professional attitude. In that same vein I’ve had many dealings with people dressed in a t-shirt and jeans that treated me very professionally.

    I’m a programmer/developer. I started out my career programming on Tandem systems and in that world, back in the day, it was considered professional to dress in either a full suit or at the very least to wear slacks, a collared shirt and a tie. I can tell you that I act just as professionally today working from home in my pajamas as I did back then. How you dress has absolutely nothing to do with how professional you are. It’s your attitude that determines that.

    Personally I feel that I get way more work done when I’m comfortable than when I’m not comfortable and I’m not comfortable in a suit and tie. So I say let the teachers wear jeans. Especially since it is an elementary school. It’s not like the children there are going to say, “Oh, my teacher isn’t dressed professionally so I don’t have to take her serious.”

  8. Lucius Junius Brutus says:

    Hosang is obviously a foreigner. Many people from Asian, African or Middle Eastern parts of the planet have distinctly 19th century Victorian attitudes towards clothing, and especially the concept of the “professional”. Doctors, lawyers,(a barrister in many countries), and teachers there are expected to dress in a way to sparate them from the common run of mortals. Hosang would probably prefer it if all teachers and students return to mortarboards and black gowns , as in British public schools before the War.

    1. Stephany Erin Maurer says:

      That is a racist and ridiculous comment.

      1. Jonny B Good says:

        How is anything Lucius say racist? You see what you are, Stephany.

      2. John says:

        Its his opinion. Please stop with all the racist/bullying crap thats turning this country into a bunch of pu$$ies. Dont like what he says? Dont read it again.

        1. Brainy Boro says:

          I don’t see how this is racist….

          1. Brainy Boro says:

            Well, I do agree with a dress code for teachers.

  9. JOSE0311USMC says:


    1. B says:

      Dude, it’s an elementary school, get it? Finger paints, arts and crafts…

  10. Wallace Freeman says:

    Uniforms! They solve many problems.

  11. NHWoman says:

    I am a teacher in the Northeast. We have a jeans Friday-unofficially. When I taught a subject that required me to be on the floor regularly, I participated. Now that I teach a subject that does not, I’m just as likely to wear a dress or skirt on Friday. Having said that, though, I don’t think jeans Fridays are professional in teaching. Not because of the kids-they don’t see us as one of them no matter what we wear because we’re old to them-but because we do have parents in the schools and it looks unprofessional to them, the ones who pay often hard-earned money to support us.

  12. Kelly says:

    Sitting on the floor with students shouldn’t be a reason to not dress professionally. I work in customer service, but sometimes I have to help out with other dirtying tasks. But we are still required to dress professionally every day. Instead of wearing khakis, I wear black slacks, since they don’t show dirt or ink stains as easily. Instead of wearing fancy blouses, I wear a simple sweater or dress shirt. And about the sneaker issue, there is a huge market out there now for comfortable or orthotic dress looking shoes.

    1. TheRealMcCoy says:

      “…comfortable or orthotic dress looking shoes.”

      Yes, its called “Sneakers”. Why pay more money for an unnecessary object that has no bearing on what is in a person’s head. If the city is not going to pay for them then they should not be required.

      Power trip much…

    2. JOSE0311USMC says:


      1. Jacob The Grunt says:

        Look, another of ‘Mercias finest. You are not a Marine. Please stop posing as one with the comments you are posting here.

  13. Beth Walsh Waldrup says:

    This has been our school district’s policy for quite some time, so it’s not as if they have come up with something novel. I am a teacher and I agree with the idea that if we want to be respected as professionals, we should dress as professionals. However, that is only one small aspect of professionalism. A teacher’s relationship with students, content knowledge, teaching techniques, and modes of classroom management some other, perhaps more important, aspects of professionalism which are far more news-worthy!

    1. sambo says:

      We are only talking about the dress code here honey. Save the esoteric abstract stuff like relationships for later

    2. Stephany Erin Maurer says:

      Don’t be a jerk, Sam

  14. TJ says:

    I’m a public school teacher. Except for special occasions, we are expected to remain in “Business Casual” attire. No Sneakers, No Jeans, No Gym Clothes (Except the PE Teachers). Granted, I teach in a Middle School, so we’re not dealing with paint and things of that sort on a daily basis. There should be exceptions for ‘messy days’.

  15. Elspeth says:

    For all of you commenting that children don’t respect teachers that dress one way but do respect teachers that dress another without regard to how the teacher TREATS the children or the teacher’s teaching ABILITIES I have this question:

    Do children respect or disrespect their parents on the basis of their dress?

    I would suggest that they do not. Children respect authority because they are taught to do so. Children respect teachers because they are authority figures. Children respond to being shown respect, to boundary setting, fair enforcement of the rules, kindness, positive reinforcement, etc. unless they have been taught to be disrespectful to teachers, children will mind regardless of what a teacher wears.

    Clothing however should not be obscene regardless of what mom and dad might wear

  16. Charlie Kerenski says:

    How silly.
    The principal should rather make sure that the teachers know how to educate the students.

  17. Roland says:

    Well it’s depressing everything that America is standing for is being tossed out the window, when i was a child i wore a cross around my neck and as I grew it was banned, the american flag also, prayers,clothing, and so on, I remember standing for the anthem and that too is gone..its hard to point fingers who is behind all this but one thing I do know is that Jeans are nice to wear and comfortable and in no way is some school system is going to make me walk out in my underwear without my jeans..if i have to stay for detention for 10 years i will do so.. Because Jeans are part of Americana for 100s of years and no teacher or principle going to make me not wear it. I see nothing wrong in jeans compairing to shorts…so you can end the confederate flag and the american symbols and our religious beliefs, but no way in hell this cowboy going off into the suset without a fight for his jeans.

    1. Dan says:

      You’re a student. This was about teachers. Go study your geometry.

      1. Rhiannon says:

        1. It is “principal” with an “A”.
        2. “Jeans” have only been arouns since the 1850’s, just 110 years or so, not “hundereds of years”.
        Please learn your spelling and history.
        As for “who is destroying Americana”, remember losing your right to wear a cross and see the national flag displayed ins chool. Maybe in a few years you can do something to correct that. As for your fight about wearing jeans – go for it Cowboy and good luck!

        1. Chris Brown says:

          LOL. When being a grammar nazi, check the work you submit…..

          *around* *school*

          You are wrong. Try around 500 years and counting.

  18. mjd says:

    For many years teachers have been crying that they want to be treated and paid as professionals, that said they should at least try to look like a professional. like it or not appearance does make a difference.

  19. Donna Wickerd says:

    I am a teacher and this is pretty much the same dress code we have had for years. Generally, the admin will make exceptions if you are planning something really messy or going on a trip, especially if you ask the children to dress the same way that day.

  20. bryan says:

    get a life a teacher could sit with a student and be accused of inviting a sexual response if sh is wearing a skirt and has to sit on the floor with them

    1. JOSE0311USMC says:


      1. LOL says:

        And now you have a name stamped on the ass of the pant you wear. Funny how that works out.


    When I was in school (a long time ago) the male teachers wore suits and a tie and the female teachers wore a dress or skirt a blouse and the kids were also well dressed. Forget about that today! Here in the Netherlands both the teachers and kids sometimes really look like slobs. Dress code, I;m all for it!

  22. J.c. Edmond says:

    Let’s see how he reacts when he gets the dry cleaning bill! ;-p

  23. julez says:

    sounds like they need to concentrate more on education and bullying then a dress code for teachers!!

    1. gotacomment says:

      A dress code for teachers is part of the package. A teacher dressed to look the part who tells students to stop bullying another kid is more likely to be obeyed. (Of course, a teacher who dresses and acts formally can encourage bullying; nothing is perfect.) I would think it would be easier for students to concentrate on lesson material if said material is presented by a teacher conventionally dressed. Someone dressed to play a role in “Kismet” or who seems to have spent the night under a bridge would tend to be a distraction.

  24. eilis_artis says:

    When I did my children went to elementary school in the late 80s and early 90s teachers wore dresses, pantsuits and suits. The Art teacher wore an apron to protect her clothes and only the phys ed teacher wore gym clothes (which were definitely more ‘professional-looking’ than what I see today. Dressing professionally projects an image that commands respect but respect is sorely lacking in many schools as teachers are driven out by the demands of helicopter parents.

  25. Jamie says:

    I wouldn’t care if my son’s teacher wore jeans to class. You can wear jeans and still be wearing appropriate clothes if you wear a nice shirt with them, and a nice pair of shoes. My husband is a high school teacher and wears shorts half the time to work. I’m glad his school is not as picky as this one.

  26. nyteacher says:

    In my district, staff are only allowed to wear jeans on Fridays and have to donate a dollar for the privilege. The money collected funds a college scholarship for a graduating student entering the education field.

  27. Me says:

    Unfortunately, there are people in every profession who have no common sense and need to be told what to wear (or what not to wear.) I remember going to my daughter’s kindergarten orientation and this short, chunky young woman walks over to us, with lots of makeup, very short shorts, flip flops, a snug tank top, and tattoos on her shoulders. Short and chunky, okay. Short shorts and a tank top with her tattoos showing… not okay. I thought, “This is a kindergarten teacher?” And she wasn’t even nice! I had been waiting for approval from another school out of district (so she could be picked up and dropped off at her daycare), which I did get. When I went to kindergarten orientation at that school, the teacher was tall and thin, with a big smile, long hair, minimal makeup, and a calf-length casual dress and nice shoes. I thought, “Now THIS is a kindergarten teacher!”

    1. Elizabeth says:

      The fact that you needed to include “short and chunky” as a descriptor for the undesirable teacher and “tall and thin” for the better teacher tells me all I need to know about you and what to do with your opinion. Clearly you are more judgmental than you want to accept.

      1. Jo says:

        I think that the “short and chunky” part has no business in this conversation. Weight and height are in no way related to a teacher’s ability.

  28. Michelle Baker says:

    Personally, I don’t see why this is such a huge deal. I just graduated from high school last year and I don’t even recall seeing any of my teachers wearing jeans throughout my years of schooling. All of them dressed professionally but they still seemed pretty comfortable; however, I did attend a really decent school system in a middle to upper-class city.

  29. cp says:

    I feel that there are many comfortable options for teachers these days. For males casual comfortable dress pants, short sleeve shirts. “Dockers” and a nice polo shirt , with comfortable casual shoes. Females have even more options in clothing choices. Capris with ballet flats, casual dress pants, a gazillion blouse choices, cute skirts, boots….etc(leave the mini and 5inch heels home). All of these items are wash and wear and as someone stated there are smocks and lab jackets. Also, on the days when the teacher knows there is going to be a very messy class assignment I’m sure that would be the day you would choose a poly/cotton t-shirt type top and maybe knit pants with sneaker type slip ons…..c’mon people.

    1. gotacomment says:

      Would you go on a job inteview attired in any of the items you suggest?

  30. gotacomment says:

    Yes, elementary school classes can get messy. That’s no excuse for teachers to look like they’ve been dragged through a hedge backward. I remember even in nursery school (which is what we called pre-K back then) the female teacher wore a suit, even when the finger paint and library paste flew around the room. That didn’t happen too often, either, and one reason was this lady in the navy suit by precept and example kept the classroom under control. Every one of my elementary, junior and senior high school teachers dressed as if they were applying for a job. Observing them was one way we learned how to behave in the grown-up world. Valuable lessons, then and now.

    1. Guest says:

      I agree teachers should keep an Image and control but come on
      Kids cant fingerpaint so the teacher can wear a suit?

      1. gotacomment says:

        I never said we didn’t finger paint. It’s possible to engage children in every conceivable sort of activity, even the messy ones, without making a classroom look like a cyclone hit it. It’s called professionalism.

        1. zzzzzzzz says:

          If gotacomment got his way all children would be wearing handcuffs and leg shackles while being taught.

          1. gotacomment says:

            Tell me where in any of my comments I said or insinuated any such thing. You could benefit from working on your reading comprehension.

  31. Terri says:

    It is mandatory that my 10-year old son wear khakis and a white (!) polo shirt to his public school every day–except for the once a week when he has gym and is allowed to wear sweats and a t-shirt–so I don’t see why teachers should be able to schlep into school wearing whatever they want. There have been days when my boy comes home after art class with paint all over his clothes but that’s what detergent is for. If ibusiness casual is ok for the kids, it should be ok for the teachers. A few times a year before holidays the kids are allowed to dress down and on those days, so should the teachers.

  32. Jon Anthony says:

    I make more than $100K, and I’M SANS PANTS RIGHT NOW!!!

  33. MarkinFL says:

    I make more than 100K at a well respected private research institute and I have always worn jeans, as do the vast majority of those that work here. It certainly does not have a negative impact on our productivity. Professional is how you act, not how you dress.

    1. JusDav says:

      But you fail to see the point here. It is the childrens perspective that is the motivator here. And everyone with half a brain knows that Monkey see Monkey do.
      Not that kids are monkeys, but the learn the same way. If you through your crap at someone, it is presumed to be ok for a child to do the same. Yes, you make a bunch of money wearing jeans. some IT persons (google for example) can wear any damn thing they wish. and more power to them. But teachers, whether they want to be or not, are examples to growing minds. therefore, correct attire is something of importance.

      Have a spectacular day today

  34. norespect says:

    How is a teacher suppose to be respected in the classroom, when they dress up all ghetto fabulous, and skanky?? Even in the workplace dressing like that is a huge no-no. If you people want to dress that way all the time, then I suggest you find a suitable demeaning job.

    1. zzzzzzzz says:

      Oh, so if you aren’t going to work in buisness attire you have a demeaning job? How can you be so ignorant?

  35. le sigh says:

    I teach in a private school – dress code is nothing new. We are to wear “professional, modest attire”, meaning, no sleeveless shirts, no jeans or jeans-type pants, no leggings, and we’re supposed to wear non-sneaker type shoes or shoes with a closed toe. There’s more to the dress code, but that’s the gist of it – dress like a grown up. However, we are allowed to wear, for instance, peep-toe heels (thus staying in line with what’s fashionable), khakis, slacks, etc. Strangely enough, we make about half the money of our public school counterparts, do the same exact job, maybe even a little bit better ;), and manage to both provide professional clothes for ourselves AND make it through the day without destroying them “sitting on the reading rug”, “getting covered in glue and paint”, and whatever else some of you came up with. I can sit cross legged on the floor in slacks just as well as I can in jeans. There’s nothing wrong with having a dress code: having taught in a public school, I can honestly say from personal experience that dressing professionally does indeed set you apart and earn you a touch more respect from the kids – your clothes show that you mean business from the first impression. As for the claim that “professional attire” means different things in different work environments, this is true. However, it still stands to reason that regardless of the dress code, you can never go wrong showing up in classic professional attire, and allowing the employer to tell you otherwise. It’s far better to be overdressed than under dressed, when it comes to seeking a job.

  36. RoyAllen says:

    Jeans,should never be acceptable attire for teachers.If they want respect,look like a professional,not like your students……….what ever happened to the tie and jacket,or a pants suit for the women?………

  37. bullett says:

    If a teacher is concerned about soiling their clothing, there’s always the reliable smock and/or lab coat.

  38. Nick says:

    A teachers job is to teach. To assist in preparing our children as adult. Adults who will respect other have a good work etic. Yes the way a teacher dresses Teachs our children how to respect others how to respect authority how to dress and act in the business world / adutl world

  39. paul says:

    susan, agreed yet it says BANS JEANS. very nice or not, very expensive or not… jeans are still jeans… you can buy designer jeans that cost a fortune…or even antique Levi’s… they are still jeans.

  40. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    I like the way my son teacher dresses and when she wears the thong it really excites me

  41. james j. ruchalski says:

    Will the city offer a stipend to the teachers to cover the expense of “professional” dress? I think they want to make teachers appealing to the future employers after they privatize the school system.
    Anyone who make judgments based on what people wear is a fool. Playing into this distorted logic of “professional” is absurd. Would you refuse the emergency service of a doctor if he is not wearing the proper clothing?
    Maybe we should stop the corporate brainwashing of children that convinces them that they need to wear a $90 a pair underwear or $200 per pair sneakers.

    1. Dress like your going to work says:

      Teachers salaries are way more then most in NYC so if the average person can wear business attire so can they.

    2. JusDav says:

      but children DO judge by clothing and style. And yes, they are all fools.
      Really, who does not agree with the following statement….
      The ONLY thing dumber than a 10 year old is a nine year old… or TWO ten year olds. Now remember, I said dumb, not stupid. They are only ten years old… how damn much can they possibly know….
      So.. Act like a grown up if you are around impressionable children.


  42. Johanna Fredrics says:

    I was once told that dressing in a professional manner shows the students that you care enough about them to make a good impression. Makes sense. I have noticed that students who wear uniforms tend to behave in a more polite,respectful way. I wouldn’t mind having a golf shirt with the school’s mascot or insignia and khakis. I think it would show team spririt and cohesiveness. Have a free dress day once every semester when you can be silly or whatever but there is nothing wrong with a dress code. Like the commenter, Susan said, You have to think about what you wore when you originally interviewed. You wanted to make a good impression then. You should still want to do that now.

  43. Onslow says:

    Teachers should be wearing robes like they did 2500 years ago — such as Plato and Aristotle. Nothing’s more “academic” than Plato & Aristotle.

  44. Nat says:

    As a former teacher of preschool and 1st grade, I was never allowed to wear jeans unless it was a special occasion. I believe jeans are too casual for teachers, even of the younger students. I’ve seen too many teachers who dress way too casually.. it’s as if they were going out shopping or to the movies.

    I do not believe that the teachers should wear a shirt & tie or a suit. However, khakis & a simple shirt or a button-up or even a sweater are very appropriate.

  45. mj says:

    we all know that wearing a shirt and tie makes one more honeast , more professional and a better person …. just take politicans for example

    1. mj says:

      oops HONEST. guess i made a typo cause i wasn’t wearing a tie…. see what happens?

      1. Johanna Fredrics says:

        🙂 LOL!!

  46. Paul Polar says:

    I think that high school teachers should only dress in a suit and tie. But elementary and middle school should be more casual because the teachers do get dirty with glue.

    1. MarkinFL says:

      A suit and tie? Really? Best teachers I’ve had were very casual in their attire. Still managed to maintain order and teach well.

    2. AnneM says:

      Yes so many suits and ties in my wardrobe I wouldn’t know which to wear. As a woman this suit and tie thing makes me laugh. I don’t know how many male vs female teachers work in your district, but the vast majority here are women. And I don’t think jeans make a teacher less respected, I think their teaching ability and classroom behavior determines how well a teacher does his/her job.

      Children will respect a teacher who shows them respect. Children will learn what they observe. A teacher can be dressed in a suit and tie, sitting with his feet up on his desk, chewing gum and reading the sports page at his desk. He will get very little respect. A teacher dressed in jeans, loafers and an oxford shirt who avtively engages students and shows interest in their ideas, will garner much more respect than the suit they can’t relate to.

  47. Kathy says:

    I agree with the principal. Some teachers take it way too far, dressing as if they were going out clubbing rather than teaching young, impressionable children. It’s one thing to wear jeans and sneakers, another to have holes in those jeans or wearing skin tight skirts. I have seen too many teachers wear short skirts, flip flops, tank tops with bras hanging out. Then they reprimand the students for violating dress code. There shouldn’t be a double standard. It won’t make them a better educator, it just would set a good example for the kids of how to dress properly.

  48. Linda says:

    While I agree with teachers looking professional, elementary school teachers find themselves on the floor with glue, paint and crafts etc. every single day. Then there are days where they are scheduled to teach physical ed. More so-called workout clothes were from Jones of New York!!!
    Most jeans cost more than this principal and teachers make in a day and are featured in high-end fashion magazines. There are so many ways to dress up jeans and hence they should not be banned. Neither should sneakers. I wore heels for years until I broke my ankle and the doctor wanted me in sneakers. However, there are some wonderful looking sneakers on the market as well. This principal needs to understand the difference between fashion and what’s inappropriate. The days of wearing suits and ties went with the days of students sitting in rows with there hands folded and the blackboard being the only mode of communicating lessons. Today we do science experiments, projects, arts and crafts and actually do lessons sitting on the “reading rug”. I would like to know more about this principal’s background. Had this principal let the teachers collaborate on this issue before taking it upon himself to issue a formal letter, this would be a non-issue (and media story) since it would have and should have been discussed in consultation with his teachers first and allowed for time for the change to take place. Being a change agent calls for a process not ultimatum.

    1. gotacomment says:

      The principal is the principal teacher. He or she is supposed to lead.This particular principal’s point is, I believe, that dressing appropriately (which excludes jeans, flip-flops, cutoffs, tank tops and anything else that you wouldn’t wear to a job interview) demonstrates and demands respect–for oneself, for the students, for the job. Clothes may not make the man, or the woman, but they are the first thing you see. Why handicap yourself?

      1. Bklyn mom says:

        Well said!

  49. Regina Rochford says:

    Having seen some of the filthy conditions that exist in some NYC public schools, I really think that letting teachers wear jeans is a non-issue. Besides, being dressed up doesn’t ensure good teaching or academic achievement, and that is what the schools should focus on.

    1. NYC trash says:

      Having seen some of the filthy conditions that exist in NYC , because its NYC***

      fixed that for you.

  50. susan says:

    even casual attire can look professional..when companies started the “casual friday” approach,some people took it too far..the trend is now going back to the 2 piece suit and tie thing for men and pumps and dresses or suits for women..if you want to dress casually comfortable, there are very nice khaki pants and shirts or polos both men and women can wear..there are very nice (and i might add expensive) denim jeans that can be worn with a modest blouse (no tank top or camisole), belt and flat dont have to wear gym attire or jogging suits and reeboks..what did these people wear wheen they applied for the teaching job? im sure it wasnt shorts!

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