Complaints filed over single gender classes at middle schools

12/11/2012 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

US – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed complaints with the Department of Education over single gender classes at two middle schools. According to a press release on the ACLU website, the complaint asserts that the single-sex education programs at Middleton Heights Elementary in Middleton, Idaho and Huffman Middle School in Birmingham, Alabama are unlawful.

Christina Brandt-Young, an attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, is quoted in the release as stating of the programs, “We understand that teachers and parents want to provide the best education for their children. But coeducation was never the problem with failing schools, and single-sex programs are not the answer.”

Brandt-Young further asserts, “These programs are poorly designed and based on pseudoscience and stereotypes that do nothing to enhance learning, and only reinforce discredited ideas about how boys and girls behave.”

The ACLU is reportedly seeking an investigation into the programs by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

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