Some of the most contentious and heated debates I’ve heard while covering school board meetings during my career have concerned the issue of school uniform policies, whether a school district should require their students to wear a certain uniform or require that students refrain from wearing certain types of clothing during the school day. Over the years opinions have been very strong on both sides of the issue of whether requiring a school uniform does or doesn’t improve the learning environment. Leaders of the public school system in Cleveland will not impose a school uniform policy on students returning to school but they will impose what they’re calling a gender neutral clothing policy. A statement from the Cleveland district says the new policy is designed to insure that students dress in a manner that is appropriate, comfortable and conducive to an active school day. The policy will not mandate what a student will be required to wear, but will ban things like see-through clothing, bathing suits, clothing articles that leave under-garments exposed and any clothing that represents gang activity. This leads me to wonder why those types of clothing items were ever permitted in Cleveland schools in the first place. That’s the way I see it.