(ORLANDOSENTINEL) — A new dress-code proposal at an F-rated elementary school has rekindled a debate in Lake County over mandatory school uniforms, once again sparking opposition from parents.
When Rhonda Hunt, principal of Eustis Heights Elementary, one of five in the district to receive an F this year, was transferred this summer from A-rated Lost Lake Elementary in Clermont, one of her first moves was to ask the School Board for a dress-code waiver to allow for uniforms "to help build a new school culture."
In a replay of previous efforts over the past few years to require school uniforms across the district, Hunt and district officials encountered resistance. Some parents at the school where 87 percent of students receive free and reduced-price meals said they were caught off guard by the short notice — school starts Aug. 18 — and had already done their back-to-school shopping and couldn't afford to buy more clothes.
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