Education Professor Publishes Book on Legal Boundaries of Dress Codes
Todd A. DeMitchell, UNH professor of education and justice studies, has co-authored a book due to be released in early August entitled Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues. Co-author Richard Fossey is the Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The book’s publisher is Rowman & Littlefield.
Students’ early morning decisions about what to wear to school have led many school districts into legal issues and policy challenges. Confederate belt buckles, exposed bellies, sagging pants, political statements, and social commentary have all been banned from schools, and these bans have often resulted in litigation by students who claim their constitutional right to free speech has been violated.
Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issuesexplores the legal issues that arise when a school prohibits various types of student attire. Through an analysis of major Supreme and federal court cases, this volume examines conflicts that arise when administrators juggle a student’s right to free speech with the need to maintain an environment conducive to learning.
DeMitchell is a former public school elementary teacher, principal, director of personnel and labor relations, and superintendent.