C.A.P.R. Action Calendar: THIS NOVEMBER we will elect THREE CANDIDATES
to the Clifton Board of Education - The issues matter! 9/14 BOE Meeting Rebroadcast Schedule
Ch. 77 (O) Ch. 40 (F) - Will Air Sep. 15, 17, 24 Wednesday, September 28th 2016 Clifton City Council Meeting, 8:00PM
Meeting Room, Clifton City Hall, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ Public Comment Period!
Let your fellow Citizens know how important this election will be!
Show up and let your town know how you feel. Help spread the word! Broadcast / Internet Streaming:
Simultaneous Broadcast on Ch. 77 (O) Ch. 40 (F) 9/28 BOE Meeting Rebroadcast Schedule
Ch. 77 (O) Ch. 40 (F) - Will Air Sep 29, Oct 01, 08, 15 Wednesday, October 19th 2016 Clifton City Council Meeting, 8:00PM
Meeting Room, Clifton City Hall, 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ Public Comment Period! Broadcast / Internet Streaming:
Simultaneous Broadcast on Ch. 77 (O) Ch. 40 (F) 10/19 BOE Meeting Rebroadcast Schedule
Ch. 77 (O) Ch. 40 (F) - Will Air Oct 19, 20, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12
Attending Board of Education meetings helps our Public Schools!
Board of Education Meeting schedules are at: http://www.clifton.k12.nj.us/boe.meetings.asp
Meetings are in the basement Board of Education Meeting Room, BOE Building, 745 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ
PLEASE BE INVOLVED:
We would like to encourage all Clifton parents, non-parents, students,
taxpayers and residents to get involved in our community. Volunteer your
time, attend events and meetings, ask questions, and Vote!
In 2015 - VICTORY!
THE UNIFORM SUBCOMMITTEE HAS BEEN DISMANTLED!
Our Clifton Board of Education voted 5 to 4 in favor of the motion
to dismantle on September 16, 2015. Thank you.
MANY THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS!
To all of you who took the time out of your busy schedules
over the last six months to fight together against
mandatory school uniforms in our Clifton schools!
Together we made a difference!
We would also like to thank our friends at Clifton Against Uniforms Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CliftonAgainstUniforms
for their dedication to this cause and for adding social media to the mix.
We also want to recognize the work of Dr. David L. Brunsma, whose 15+ years
of research has provided us with an invaluable resource on school uniforms
and the sage advice of the late Gary Peter Klahr Esq. whose fight against
mandatory school uniforms in American schools will continue to inspire us.
Stay alert and keep in touch.
If you ever find that this problem is surfacing again
please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know...
Read the ORIGINAL Uniform Law, as passed by the NJ State Legislature. (Has been modified since then to remove Opt-Out clause!) uniform_law_nj_state_920_i1.pdf CURRENT State of New Jersey Uniform Law:
Expecially look at Findings, Adoption of dress code policy for schools permitted 18A:11-7 and 18A:11-8 http://tinyurl.com/op86gdl
Inexpensive Polo Shirts are no longer a sign of elite status.
Instead, they have become a certain indicator of distressed urban schools.
The property values for all Citizens of Clifton will be affected by this policy.
If you are opposing a Uniform policy in your town,
please consider this website as a resource. SIGN UP! Join our Email List! Help us raise awareness and change New Jersey Law!
If this policy is adopted, New Jersey State Law does not mandate an Opt Out
for parents who want to opt out of a mandatory Uniform policy
due to Religious, Philosophical, or Other reasons. (18A:11-8)
NJ Law says that schools MAY adopt one.
Even if one is offered there are no guarantees,
a school board could still decline your request,
or change its mind and repeal their Opt Out Policy at a later date.
Eventually your request for an opt-out could end up in court,
where it might be denied.
We won in 2009. We won in 2012. We won again in 2015!
But will we win the NEXT TIME?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a Traditional FREE Well Enforced Dress
or a VOLUNTARY Uniform Standard Dress Policy.
But there is definitely something wrong when you are asked to give up your rights.
Do you believe that our government has a right to regulate the color of religious clothes and head-coverings?
Lawyers employed by one NJ school with a uniform dress code think that it's perfectly acceptable.
In Pleasantville NJ, three judges recently upheld strict uniform enforcement.
The parents request to opt their child out of the program was denied.
Note what that school's victorious attorney had to say in this article:
"What about yarmulkes, what about turbans, what about other religions?" Polis said. "According to the opinion it is perfectly okay for a school guard to turn away a Jewish student
with a blue yarmulke or even a Muslim student that has a blue kufi."
Tracey Cosby, the attorney for the Pleasantville school, said the decision has little bearing
on whether students can don religious apparel in public schools with uniforms,
but stressed the court did not have to address that issue to settle this case. "There was no basis in religion because we had already explored the fact that
if the religious attire was within the color scheme, they are allowed to do so,"Cosby said. Read the original nj.com article. Read More about how this law affects Your Rights- Click Here!
Article from the NAESP National Association of Elementary School Principals: Uniform Policies in Public Schools, by David L. Brunsma
The school uniform movement continues to grow despite research
indicating that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do. PDF- Uniform Policies in Public Schools
FIND OUT The Truth about Uniforms
WATCH THIS short 6 min. VIDEO: The Uniforming of Students and the Construction of Multiracial Identity http://syndicate.missouri.edu/media/show/215
Sociologist Dr. Brunsma discusses various concerns about the growing
school uniform crusade.
He addresses exactly what we are witnessing in Clifton and surrounding communities.
(This guy literally wrote the book on school uniforms.)
We believe that in order to be able to get uniforms into schools
by September, the BOE must vote it in before the beginning of June.
BOE Meetings include a "Public Recognition" section for public comments!
Our focus is upon our elected BOE members because their vote will decide this policy's fate.