For Immediate Release

December 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: FMF Study Shows Increase In Nationwide Single-Sex Public Education

WASHINGTON, DC – The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) just completed its second national study “Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation.”

Map of Coed K-12 Schools with Single-Sex Academic Classes

We found that instead of decreasing sex segregation, the number of public K-12 co-ed schools with single-sex academic classes and all-girls and all-boys schools have continued to increase since the 2006 Title IX regulation that made it easier to establish single-sex K-12 public education. The FMF together with the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education requested that this 2006 regulation promulgated by the George W. Bush administration be rescinded.  Moreover, advocates have urged that the federal government issue guidance as to what justifications and procedures are essential to make sure that any deliberate sex segregation is in full compliance with Title IX, the US Constitution, and other civil rights laws.

This 2014 FMF study showing the continued increases in public school sex segregation is being released about the same time as the long awaited US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance in the form of “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities.”

“We are concerned that the numbers of single-sex K-12 public education programs are growing despite increased evidence that they are legally and educationally unsound,” says Sue Klein, Ed. D., Education Equity Director for the FMF. “While it does not rescind the 2006 Title IX regulation, this December 1, 2014 OCR guidance should help public K-12 schools using (or planning to use) deliberate sex segregation to understand that it is necessary to justify their sex segregation based on many critically important legal non-discrimination/equality principles,” continued Klein. Both FMF studies (“State of Public School Sex Segregation in the United States 2007-10” and “Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation“) revealed that many of these principles have been routinely violated by schools using deliberate sex segregation practices.


  • The number of coed schools with single-sex academic classes has increased 24%, growing from 564 in the period 2007-2010 to 699 in 2011-2012
  • The number of all-girl and all-boy single-sex public schools has increased 29% in the same period, growing from 82 schools in 2007-2010 to 106 in the 2014 FMF study
  • More of the single-sex academic classes were for male students than female students, but there were more all-female schools than all-male schools
  • 43% of coed schools with single-sex academic classes had a majority African American and/or Latino/a student population
  • 35% of these coed schools had a 75% or more majority white student population
  • South Carolina, Florida, Texas and North Carolina had the most public coed schools with single-sex classes
  • New York and Texas had the most all-female and all-male schools
  • Almost none of these schools provided any information on their single-sex status on their school websites, leaving parents unable to make informed decisions about voluntary participation in deliberate sex segregation


The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to gender equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. The FMF’s Education Equity Program uses research and action to identify and eliminate sex discrimination in public education for the betterment of both girls and boys, women and men, and to strengthen Title IX and its infrastructure of required Title IX coordinators.

CONTACT: J.T. Johnson, jjohnson@feminist.org703-522-2214 (office) / 202-681-7251 (cell)


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