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Florida House: Students should wear school uniforms

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The Florida House wants school districts to start requiring students to wear uniforms.

The House on Friday passed a bill that would pay school districts extra money if they put in the requirement for students in elementary and middle schools.

The bill passed by a 102-8 vote.

Legislators backing the proposal say that uniforms could help improve school safety. Rep. John Tobia, a Melbourne Beach Republican, opposed the bill and argued that it would cost taxpayers and parents money.

The measure that passed (HB 7043) would pay districts $10 more per student if a uniform policy is adopted. Districts are currently paid nearly $7,000 for each student.

Districts would be shielded from lawsuits if they implement the uniform policy for those grades. School uniforms would have to feature solid colors.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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