School’s Rule for Girls to Wear Skirts Breaks Law

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that Charter Day School can’t enforce the skirts-only rule as part of its dress code that punishes violations with suspensions and even expulsion. No child has been expelled for violating the dress code since the school opened in 2000, but girls are clearly treated differently than boys at the kindergarten through 8th-grade school, Howard ruled, saying that’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection requirements.

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