While about one-fifth of public schools require uniforms, many low-income or homeless families can’t afford them, or can only provide one set. Then, when children wear the wrong color of socks because they’re the only clean ones they have, they’re punished, even expelled.
Uniforms aren’t the only problem. The average cost of back to school supplies in 2018 is between $634 – $1,355 per child. Research shows “low-income families are 10 times more likely than high-income parents to apply for a new credit card in order to save as little as 5% on school supplies.”