ACLU On Single-Sex Education In Connecticut

Oct 3, 2013

Credit State Education Resource Center

The American Civil Liberties Union in Connecticut said it's concerned about the idea of single-sex classrooms as a way to address the state’s achievement gap.

The idea is raised in a recent report called: "Single-Sex Education: The Connecticut Context." It was written by researchers at the Middletown-based State Education Resource Center, a nonprofit run by Connecticut’s Department of Education.

In a letter Wednesday to Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, the ACLU said separating Connecticut public school students on the basis of sex would be “legally misguided” as well as educationally unsound. The ACLU said the new report disregards the prohibition of segregation by sex in the Connecticut constitution.

The report includes the pros and cons of single-gender education and says that supporters and detractors alike say it can be an important option for some students.