He loved us, but he was lonely. Boys would have been a big distraction.
In the school year, at least public schools in the United States offered single-sex educational opportunities. In some cases, the only coed activities were lunch and one or two electives, so the distinction between a single-sex school, and a coed school with single-sex classrooms, can become a matter for debate.
From March through Julywe listed single-sex schools on one web page, while coed schools with single-sex classes were listed on a separate web page. As it became increasingly obvious that the distinction was often arbitrary, we decided in August to begin listing all public schools offering single-sex classrooms on the same web page, which is this page.
By our count, of the schools qualified as single-sex schools, meaning that students attending any of those schools have most or all of their school activities in a setting which is all-boys or all-girls.
Throughout we learned that the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU was using our list of schools to send out harassing letters to public schools offering single-sex classrooms. These letters demand the school explain how the program is assessed, demand to see all program data, all information regarding professional development, etc.
The letters threaten legal action if the school doesn't promptly reply. The typical ACLU letter also claims, falsely, that the school will lose its eligibility for participation in the school lunch program if the single-gender classrooms continue to be offered.
It's harassment pure and simple. But many school administrators don't realize that the ACLU's claims regarding the school lunch program are false, and most public schools - and even most smaller school districts - do not employ their own legal counsel.
Instead they hire outside attorneys on an hourly rate, as needed. Just hiring an attorney to read a letter from the ACLU, determine which claims are legally valid, and respond to the letter, can cost a school hundreds of dollars in legal fees - at a time when schools are having to cut programs, and let good teachers go, because of lack of funds.
For example, the Adrian school district - a small school district in rural Missouri - began offering girls' classrooms and boys' classrooms, as an option. The district superintendent Kirk Eidson reported that "the single-gender classes have created fewer distractions and that students are doing better".
Nevertheless, the ACLU sent a letter threatening legal action if the district did not abandon the single-gender format. Steven Book, an attorney working for the Adrian school district, said that while the district "does not necessarily agree with ACLU's legal analysis or conclusions regarding research on this topic" it will accede to the group's request.
The ACLU never had to file a lawsuit or even a formal complaint. The single-gender classrooms were abolished merely as a result of a letter from an ACLU attorney. Smaller school districts often simply do not have the time or the personnel to deal with the ACLU's harassment.
It's easier to give in than to fight. We don't want to do anything to facilitate the ACLU's program of harassment. For this reason, we took down our list of public schools offering single-gender classrooms including public schools which are completely single-gender in the fall of Consequently, we no longer estimate the number of schools offering single-gender classrooms.
Without providing a list of schools, any estimate would be impossible for third parties to verify. Single-gender programs in public schools are legal, as the Federal court ruling in the Breckinridge case clearly demonstrated, and as the ruling in the Wood County case reaffirmed.
If your district wants to offer an all-girls public school or an all-boys public school, the requirements are very simple. The opening clause of Title IX The full text of Title IX is available at www.
For example, 34 CFR We encourage school districts to launch both girls' schools and boys' schools simultaneously, but the courts have found no Constitutional, statutory, or regulatory requirement to do so. The Constitutional requirement, as clarified by the United States Supreme Court in the VMI decisionis that public schools must provide comparable courses, services, and facilities to girls and boys.
But that provision does NOT require that a district offer a girls' school if it is offering a boys' school, or vice versa, as per current regulations 34 CFR If your district wants to offer a coed school with single-gender classrooms, then the requirements are more complex.Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
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