Single-gender bill moves ahead
Several schools in Florida and elsewhere have turned to single-gender classrooms as a way to improve student achievement. The idea is that boys and girls learn differently, and if separated, teachers can better meet their needs.
The federal government encourages the concept in No Child Left Behind. But state law prohibits gender-based discrimination in schools that receive state funding. That's made some schools leery of trying the all-boys and all-girls classes, state Rep. John Legg says.
So he's introduced a bill - there's a companion in the Senate - that would permit single-gender classrooms so long as kids aren't forced into them and the academic standards remain equal. The House Committee on Education Innovation this morning approved the idea with one amendment, sending it to the Schools and Learning Council for its review. The idea also is moving through the Senate. Stay tuned.