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PA School Segregates Students by Race and Gender

A high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has adopted a pilot program that separates students by race and gender in their homeroom classrooms. The McCaskey East High School’s pilot program has sparked much controversy regarding segregation in schools.

Angela Tilghman, an instructional coach at the school, developed the program with the hope of closing the racial achievement gap at the school. Approximately 33 percent of the African American students achieved a proficient or advanced score on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), as compared to the 60 percent of Caucasian students who scored proficient or advanced.

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 (pdf).

Sources:

CNN 1/31/11; Huffington Post 1/28/11; LancasterOnline.com 1/29/11; NAACP Statement 11/23/10; Feminist Majority Foundation 4/10/11