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Single-Sex Classes in Idaho Violate Title IX, Feds Say

By The Associated Press — December 13, 2016 1 min read

Officials with the U.S. Department of Education said recently that an Idaho school district violated federal law when it segregated elementary students into single-sex classrooms.

Middleton Heights Elementary was among the dozens of public schools targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union over whether single-sex learning should be continued.

According to the Education Department, Idaho school officials violated Title IX—a federal law banning sex discrimination in education—because they failed to adequately justify the need to separate the boys from the girls for all school subjects in grades 2-4.

Furthermore, the investigation found that the school offered larger classroom space for the boys to exercise and move around, while the girls were encouraged to maintain a “quiet environment.” School officials also emphasized competition for boys and cooperation for girls.

The department sent a letter informing the ACLU of its decision earlier this month.

A version of this article appeared in the December 14, 2016 edition of Education Week as Single-Sex Classes in Idaho Violate Title IX, Feds Say

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