It's bad enough that teachers have to inculcate The Future according to the whims of state bureaucrats while dodging acid and waiting for the mayoral axe to fall on their school. Can't a pedagogue pad around the classroom in Crocs and a Black Flag t-shirt in peace? The principal of an East Village elementary school was fed up with the slovenly appearance of his staff, and instituted a dress code banning spaghetti straps, flip-flops, gym clothes and—gasp—jeans. "We want to transform this school to make it a more professional learning environment," Marlon Hosang, principal of P.S. 64, tells DNAinfo. No word on whether teachers are still allowed to trade their sandwiches for Dunkaroos.

Hosand, who has worked in the school system for 20 years, four of them as principal, noticed a decline in the dress of his colleagues a year ago. "I assure you no teacher wore jeans and flip-flops to their interview," he says. "What happened after that?" Uh, they got a taste of what teaching in New York City is like?

Two teachers are quoted in the article as supporting the new dress code, with one calling it "a reasonable request" and another saying that teachers "need boundaries." And a recent PTA meeting yielded a vote favoring the policy.

But the UFT has received a complaint about the rules from at least one teacher, and Hosang will meet a union rep to discuss their legality; he is likely to lose. Still, Hosang, who wears a suit and tie every day to work, believes that his message to teachers that they should dress professionally has already been received: "I think I would have made my point." Still, parents should expect to see a few more book reports on Levi Strauss this spring.