Given all the cutbacks and challenges that teachers face, it’s a bit petty to complain about how some teachers dress. But now that Wichita principals and other administrators have developed dress guidelines, it naturally prompts the question of whether there should be standards for teachers, too. Teacher contracts dictate that teachers “will project a positive professional image while dressing in an appropriate manner,” but it leaves it up to individual teachers to determine what that means. The vast majority of teachers dress appropriately. And some teachers need to dress more casually than others depending on their job duties, which could include kneeling on the floor with kindergartners or supervising recess. Still, some teachers clearly miss the mark and could use some accountability.
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