- The U.S. Education Department eased restrictions on single-sex education in 2006, and about 500 public schools now use some all-boy and all-girl classrooms.
- The American Civil Liberties Union is targeting dozens of these schools, claiming that the ways they have implemented same-sex programs violate the U.S. Constitution and education sex discrimination laws.
- Defenders say that same-sex classrooms remove distractions, such as flirting, and create better learning environments.
From the article:
Robin Gilbert didn't set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.
But that's exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in a bitter struggle over whether single-sex education should be continued. Under pressure, same-sex classes have been dropped at schools from Missouri to Louisiana. ...