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Uniforms for public school students? The debate continues as they become more popular

School uniforms have been the rule for four years at the Huntington School in Brockton, where officials say they have been well received. Above from left, fifth-graders Ricardo Rodrigues, Brian Brandao, Marcelino Veiga (seated), and Giovanni Matos (at rear).
School uniforms have been the rule for four years at the Huntington School in Brockton, where officials say they have been well received. Above from left, fifth-graders Ricardo Rodrigues, Brian Brandao, Marcelino Veiga (seated), and Giovanni Matos (at rear).Credit: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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At the Huntington School in Brockton, students arrive to class each morning dressed smartly in navy blue, khaki, and white. The uniforms make for a familiar scene, now for the fourth year.

Thirty miles south, Wareham school officials are considering introducing uniforms next year, joining the Huntington and a smattering of others around the state that require students to dress the same when they show up to learn. No decision has been made, said Wareham Schools Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood, but officials are in serious discussions.

Uniforms, which have long been a fact of life for students at private and parochial schools, are gradually making their way into more public schools across the country.

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