Wake County school board members Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett and John Tedesco are distancing themselves from vice chairwoman Debra Goldman's concerns about unprofessional attire being worn by some teachers.
As noted in today's article, Malone, Prickett and Tedesco are pointing out that they had nothing to do with the recent policy committee discussion on employee dress. They say that there's no need to tighten up the current code for teachers.
“I don’t think we need to be codifying what they are wearing,” Malone said. “There are already some professional standards for how they are supposed to dress.”
Prickett, a former teacher and school counselor, added that "we’ve got so many other things to deal with." She said "it’s low on the totem pole.”
It didn't come to pass but Prickett and Tedesco had been talking during breaks at the Feb. 25 board retreat about asking school board chairman Ron Margiotta to issue a statement that the policy committee wasn't speaking for the full board. Considering how a goal of the retreat was to build consensus, such a statement probably wouldn't have gone down well.
Malone, Prickett and Tedesco said they've never seen or heard complaints such as those cited by Goldman of teachers showing too much cleavage or wearing excessively short skirts.
Superintendent Tony Tata still plans to discuss the concerns about teacher attire at an upcoming principals meeting.