PROVIDENCE - The state commissioner of education's office is poised to set a hearing sometime within the next month to determine whether the Woonsocket Education Department has violated the constitution with its new uniform policy.
Attorneys from the R.I. American Civil Liberties Union and the Education Department met at a preliminary hearing last week at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education headquarters in Providence. The hearing was set shortly after attorney John Dineen, representing the ACLU, filed a formal complaint on behalf of four Woonsocket parents fighting the implementation of uniforms, part of the department's School Readiness Policy this year.
Dineen said he firmly believes he can win the appeal before the ACLU delves into the issue of how the statute allowing implementation is unconstitutional.
Dineen told the commissioner's hearing off
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