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Florida considers single-gender schools

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Updated: 2/05 6:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Boys in one classroom, and girls in the other.

Some Florida schools already teach that way, and Action News has learned others might soon follow.

Some state lawmakers are pushing for schools at all levels to give single sex classrooms a try.

A House subcommittee showed unanimous support Tuesday for a pilot program that provides one school in each district with the money and training needed to separate boys and girls.

Proponents say students in gender specific classes score higher on tests and are more likely to go to college, but there are some concerns.

The ACLU is campaigning against the effort, sending letter to the state's education department last year claiming single-sex schools limit opportunities to socialize.

Some lawmakers say this is a compromise.

"Having gender-specific classrooms while they still go to the same school allows for social opportunities at lunch, at recess and during non-academic courses for them to interact so this is kind of the best of both worlds," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah.

If approved, the pilot program would help provide funding to train teachers and develop assessments over two years. The school districts could review the results and determine if the program should continue.

The schools would be open to anyone in the district, but parents could opt out.
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wishmistress - 2/5/2014 11:45 AM
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How long do you think it would be before one of the kids in one class decides it's not FAIR to be kept out of the other class? Enter the ACLU, which will cost the taxpayers millions to fight. I personally believe it's a good move...in a former USA. Nowadays, the schools are so indoctrinated that the only way out is to homeschool your kids.

nativejax - 2/5/2014 11:20 AM
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I think there are IMPORTANT times that girls and boys should be in separate classes.

Truthseeker - 2/5/2014 6:53 AM
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So once again the title for an article is wrong. This isn't about single gender schools, but it is about single gender classrooms within coed schools. EDIT!!!
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