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Teachers Union May Sue Over ‘Constitutional Right’ to Wear Shorts to Work!
Townhall ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 07/24/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Move over Trayvon Martin.

Big Labor has a new favorite group of victims of social injustice - the teaching staff of Lewis County, West Virginia.

Citizens have been complaining to school board members about the “way teachers dress,” according to school board president Paul Derico.

As a result, the school board unanimously passed a dress code for teachers, banning blue jeans, faded jeans and shorts.

Of course the teachers union is not taking this grave injustice lying down. Union officials have threatened to sue the board.

"We're disappointed in the actions of the board. We don't believe it's in the best interest of the teachers of Lewis County. We think it's inconsistent with their statutory and constitutional rights. We're going to explore all of our legal actions when we get back and take the next steps appropriate," said union attorney Jeff Blaydes, according to WDTV.

This isn’t the first time a union has flipped over a school district’s requirement to have “professionals” actually dress the part.

Teachers in Hampton, New Hampshire slammed a similar proposed dress code last year, calling it “derogatory and condescending,” according to Superintendent Kathleen Murphy.

Seacoastonline.com reported at the time “several teachers are insulted such a policy exists, telling them blue jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and tank tops are off limits.”

It’s insulting and a violation of “constitutional rights” to expect the adults to dress a little better than the students?

Is this all the civil rights movement has to fight over now? The right to dress like beach bums?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dresscodes; nea; summer; teachersunion; union; workplace

1 posted on 07/24/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
If I were a high school student, I wouldn't mind my teacher looking like these:


2 posted on 07/24/2013 9:51:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
But please... not these:


3 posted on 07/24/2013 9:51:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Given their state’s national education ranking, you’d think they’d have more pressing concerns.


4 posted on 07/24/2013 9:57:56 AM PDT by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The school can and has proven their authority to “police” specific statements by teachers such as, “Hey big boy, wanna go to my place and have a tumble?”

Yet, when the teacher wants to where “Daisy Dukes” to class, well, that’s a violation of a fundamental “right of self expression”.


5 posted on 07/24/2013 9:59:20 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

If a teacher wants respect in the classroom — both for authority and competency — they must “dress the part”.


6 posted on 07/24/2013 10:01:53 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: SeekAndFind

If schools can ban students from wearing certain types of clothes - and they routinely do - then they can adopt a dress code for teachers.


7 posted on 07/24/2013 10:08:30 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: glennaro

exactly. They want respect as professionals, but want to wear their flip-flops to work. The parents of the children they teach know how to dress for professional work. They should do so as well.


8 posted on 07/24/2013 10:09:02 AM PDT by married21
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To: married21

Once again the unions expose themselves as destroyers of society. ... And if a society that allows the vermin into their midst tries to expel them, well, they bus in thousands of their agitator/thuggery to put a stop to that! We have a professional agitator-in-chief who knows just how to take that squalor to the nation.


9 posted on 07/24/2013 10:16:02 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Who wears short, shorts?"


10 posted on 07/24/2013 10:16:05 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: glennaro
If a teacher wants respect in the classroom — both for authority and competency — they must “dress the part”.

Might as well, most of them dress like slobs anymore, anyway.

Back in the dark ages when I was in school, men teachers dress in suit jackets and slacks, no matter the weather. And, the women dressed in good dresses or modifies suits.

I remember the business teacher and how she filled a dress. I took typing and accounting because of that. Especially when she walked away.

11 posted on 07/24/2013 10:19:42 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: Parmy

12 posted on 07/24/2013 10:25:14 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Parmy
I remember the business teacher and how she filled a dress

Wow! (Of course, these days the "she" is not a "given")

13 posted on 07/24/2013 10:31:07 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: glennaro

I would have no problem if the adopted the proper golf attire covenants.


14 posted on 07/24/2013 10:33:19 AM PDT by shotgun
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To: SeekAndFind

I graduated from HS in 1958. The male teachers all wore business suits and the women mostly the same. I see my 8th grade teacher fairly often, He went on from teaching to being a principal and laments all of the “changes” he’s seen over the length of his career. Today, he’s 84! There are so few of these people left, and they are a treasure. As for the bulk of my children’s “educators,” I wouldn’t walk a cross the street for the bulk of them, and don’t get me started on their children’s teachers. Folks, this is fundamentally where we lost the battle with Liberalism.


15 posted on 07/24/2013 10:47:17 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

OK, the 2nd amendment covers arms. Which covers legs?


16 posted on 07/24/2013 10:56:25 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My work won’t let me wear shorts either! Or open toed shoes! Wah! My “rights” have been violated and I didn’t even know it!


17 posted on 07/24/2013 11:14:04 AM PDT by vpintheak (We are the the God blessed chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok. So go find pics of the angry NEA/union rallies in the rust belt states and imagine those women in shorts. Too short shorts. That ride up.

Dropout rates will soar LOL.


18 posted on 07/24/2013 11:16:42 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

Egad. Wearing black socks with shorts is already a hanging offense in most civilized countries. BTT


19 posted on 07/24/2013 11:17:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Black Agnes
So go find pics of the angry NEA/union rallies in the rust belt states and imagine those women in shorts. Too short shorts. That ride up.

Brain bleach. Please.

20 posted on 07/24/2013 11:21:06 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: TangoLimaSierra

Ha ha.


21 posted on 07/24/2013 11:27:13 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: SeekAndFind

F**K the Teachers Union!


22 posted on 07/24/2013 11:27:55 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The way teachers are having sex with teenage boys regularly, they might as well just show up in school nude....


23 posted on 07/24/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m a little fuzzy on that one. Was that Amendment 6275, or 6375?


24 posted on 07/24/2013 11:39:22 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Kill the bill... Begin enforcing our current laws, signed by President Ronald Reagan.)
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To: vette6387

Education in the 50s was a different universe, wasn’t it? I don’t recall having any male teachers until high school, but the female teachers in the lower grades were well educated, most with Masters Degrees. Before the women’s movement, teaching and nursing attracted the professionals, as there were few other avenues open and we got the best.

Your older principal reminded me of my elementary school principal who was an unappreciated genius. Every morning he played classical selections over the intercom loudspeakers. By the time we left the sixth grade, we had a real appreciation of Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Yearly field trips to a camp by the lake were used to teach us rudiments of agriculture, astronomy, and how to balance a checkbook—every kid had to maintain an account and prove that he could manage money/script.

We had frequent visits from the Junior League that taught us art history and we got weekly music lessons from one of my neighbors. Field trips to businesses taught us the rudiments of capitalism. All this was in addition to the basic reading, writing and math taught at that level, which would now allow you to pass any of the high school proffecciency tests I’ve seen.


25 posted on 07/24/2013 12:00:21 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: vette6387

The battle Lost.

I dont know. Natural law prevails

In our school, men wear ties and women wear dresses and with written parameters for those who need to be told.

There are complaints from the women sometimes. Ithonk it’s when they think they can get away with l’eggs instrad of just investing in Nordstrom brand hose

I digress

The students and families and even the shopkeepers i see on my way home doing errands ALL treat me with si much more respect than at other times. When i get caught at the football game in jeans they look at me like i am an alien

The time and effort i save in establishing and maintaining order and discipline is documentable. It is evident.

I spend no more moneyinvesting in good classic clothes than i wpild otherwise. And i wear good shoes. Low heels work

And i look like a gjirl but i would NEVER show my arms nor wear something formfitting And i am in shape

Blazers

Kids know. Its primal, not something that went out in the fifties

They know

They want some eeason to do all of this work we pile on.

Shorts in the wrong setting make oneook loke a loser and kids are not going to look iup to a loser

So these teachers have to struggle with motivating the kids when lookong successful, attractive and happy can easily be accomplished and can gain souch

It still works.

And these teachers are dopes and the kids know that better than anyone, as it has always been


26 posted on 07/24/2013 12:10:36 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne; vette6387

And i proofread all my creations, yikes


27 posted on 07/24/2013 12:14:30 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

They don’t have bigger issues? Teacher’s should have a dress code that’s appropriate for someone professional looking, yet comfortable enough to get around the classroom. JMHO


28 posted on 07/24/2013 12:16:39 PM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind
I wouldn't say it's a "constitutional" right, but it is something that could be taken up in collective bargaining.

During the school year, I'm about 50/50 between wearing slacks and wearing jeans. I don't wear shorts to work, even when I fill-in during the summer. (Sorry, you haven't earned the right to see my knees.)

29 posted on 07/24/2013 1:15:30 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Re your post #2, that’s nice but I would say that most people do not look good in shorts. These gals look swell but they are not typical.

I see that you redeem yourself somewhat with post #3 and show what men look like in shorts...not a pretty sight.

Why go out in public like that and make folks sick!


30 posted on 07/24/2013 6:58:42 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum

wow. they think everything is a “right” except the real ones


31 posted on 07/24/2013 6:59:37 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: traditional1

That is called art class or sex-ed these days


32 posted on 07/24/2013 7:00:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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