The growing movement toward public-school uniforms scored an important victory with a federal appeals court ruling that allows school boards to require uniforms if educators believe they improve discipline and learning.

The Bossier Parish, La., school system's requirement that students wear uniforms was upheld Jan. 24 by 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge Donald Walter had dismissed a 1999 lawsuit filed by parents who objected to the uniform policy. The 5th Circuit court refused to revive the lawsuit.



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