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The End of the T-Shirt Wars in the Public Schools? Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District


by Richard Fossey, Todd A. DeMitchell & Suzanne Eckes — September 28, 2009

School districts received a welcome message from a recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, the court ruled that a Texas school district has the authority to a adopt student dress code that bans all messages on students' clothing so long as the district offers students other means of expression during the school day.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 28, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15775, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:10:50 AM

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  • Richard Fossey
    University of North Texas
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    RICHARD FOSSEY is a Professor of Higher Education Law and Senior Policy Researcher at the Center for the Study of Education Reform at the University of North Texas. He is Program Director of the Texas Higher Education Law Conference that is held annually at the University of North Texas.
  • Todd DeMitchell
    University of New Hampshire
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    TODD A. DEMITCHELL is the Chair of the Department of Education and a Professor in the Department of Education and the Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Suzanne Eckes
    Indiana University
    SUZANNE ECKES is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Indiana University. She is the author of several publications related to school legal issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Education Law Association.
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