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May 21, Facebook Twitter Reddit Print. Based on the most recent information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, at least four schools indicated that they ly operated single-sex education programs and activities, several of which are likely to have constituted sex discrimination in violation of federal law because they appear to have relied on harmful gender stereotypes, depriving students of equal educational opportunities merely because of their sex.
The ACLU of Virginia sent letters to six schools in all, including seeking confirmation from two additional schools that no single-sex programs or activities operated in prior years. The schools were Fred M. The letters sent advised these schools that single-sex education programs and activities may run afoul of numerous legal provisions under state and federal law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of and the United States Constitution. The ACLU of Virginia sought an agreement from schools to refrain from engaging in any and all unlawful single-sex and gender-specific programs or activities effective at the start of next school year.
Pursuant to the agreement, the ACLU of Virginia will agree to waive its rights to pursue any further records or to take any future legal action relating to these past programs, for a period of five years. The ACLU of Virginia is still in the process of reviewing records gained from Freedom of Information Act requests to three additional Single sex in Richmond Virginia in Virginia that are currently operating single-sex programming. An investigation by the ACLU reveals that programs in Virginia have been based on these disputed theories suggesting that boys and girls learn so differently that they need to be educated separately.
The proposal for the class was based on debunked science promoting old stereotypes.
The class proposal alleged that brain research supports theories that boys need more activity and hands-on tasks while girls are more social and have a preference for group work; they need less physical movement. This rationale perpetuates antiquated gender stereotypes that limit opportunities for both boys and girls. Many of the single-sex programs operating across the country are based on the ideas of Dr.
These theories were recently debunked in an article authored by a multidisciplinary team of scientists in the prestigious journal Sciencewhich argued that sex segregation does not improve academic performance, but does foster stereotypes.
At a minimum, schools must offer a persuasive justification for the decision to institute single-sex programming, the programs must be completely voluntary, and a substantially equal co-educational alternative must be available. In the past few weeks, the ACLU has also sent public records requests to schools and school districts in Massachusetts, Indiana, Idaho Washington and Illinois, and continues to review records from pending requests in several other states, including Alabama, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Based on information received by the ACLU, lack of compliance with these requirements is widespread. Some schools across the country required students who did not wish to participate in the single-sex classes to enroll in another school, while others failed to alert parents that they had the choice to opt out of the classes. Other examples included offering classes to one sex, but not the other. If such programs are not ended, the ACLU will consider pursuing further legal action, including filing lawsuits and administrative complaints with state and federal agencies.
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