Supreme Court won’t let North Carolina charter school force girls to wear skirts to school

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court left in place Monday an appeal ruling barring a North Carolina public charter school from requiring girls to wear skirts to school.

Judges declined without comment to hear an appeal from Charter Day School in the eastern North Carolina town of Leland. A federal appeals court had ruled that the school’s dress code violated students’ constitutional rights.

The school’s founder, Baker Mitchell, had said the dress code was intended to promote “chivalry” among male students and respect for female students, according to court documents.

The dress code has already been changed to allow girls to wear trousers, as per the lower court ruling.


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