The Tallapoosa County School Board in Alabama announced that it will end its single sex classes at the end of this school year following the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) allegations that the program violates Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education.
Mie Lewis, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, stated, “While we all want to provide the best educational environment possible, separating boys and girls is not the answer. We are gratified to see schools across the country abandoning sex-segregated classes in favor of strategies that really work, like smaller classes, greater parental involvement and more attention to curriculum content.”
The Feminist Majority Foundation is currently working to rescind the 2006 Bush-era Title IX regulations that make it significantly easier to allow single-sex classrooms in public schools. Research studies indicate that such rigid separation of sexes leads to sex discrimination and sex stereotyping to the detriment of academic learning.
Associated Press 11/23/11; ACLU Statement 11/23/11