Dress codes have gotten more lax over the past decade, but some school districts right now are reportedly looking to tighten up the rules for teachers.
A school district in Kansas says no more cutoff shorts, pajama pants or flip flops according to USA Today. Another in Phoenix is "requiring teachers to cover up tattoos and excessive piercings." And several Arizona schools they report are strictly defining business casual, with some outlawing jeans.
We found people in the CBD who have issues with how teachers dress and in their own workplace. What do they hate to see? One woman who wears a uniform to work every day says, "Hot pants and halters."
Another woman who used to be an educator says it does matter how teachers dress, because "They're like an image for the children and if they see the teachers dressing like 'whores are us' they're going to dress like that too. You know, it's just not right."
Should employers have the right to make you cover a tattoo? A man downtown said "I feel like personal expression and character shouldn't be hidden from the world. But if it's a lot," he says, then maybe it's something that should be regulated.
And does it matter what's on the tattoo? He agrees, there's no one answer and it can be a fine line between self-expression and offending a co-worker or a customer.
Most of the locals tell me they definitely want to see teachers present a dignified image for students, although depending on their age group that can mean quite different things.