International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

IJEPL is a refereed electronic journal dedicated to enriching the education policy, leadership, and research use knowledge bases, and promoting exploration and analysis of policy alternatives.


Vol 16, No 19 (2020): Loc’d and Faded, Yoga Pants, and Spaghetti Straps: Discrimination in Dress Codes and School Pushout

This article reviews dress code violations that have made national news in the United States and globally that spotlight racist and sexist issues embedded in common K–12 dress codes. It also analyzes all the school dress codes in one county in a Midwestern American state to examine the associated racist and sexist implications. The article ends with an assessment tool to help readers determine the levels of racism and sexism in their own K–12 district dress codes.

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Policy and Leadership

Jennifer L. Martin, Jennifer N. Brooks