Accepting those $$$s means states must comply with federal regulations, even if those reguluations aren't in the best interests of educating young people.
For example, consider that since 2006, federal regulations have allowed public school districts to provide programs based upon gender. In turn, voluntary, single-sex classes as well as schools aimed at providing a more appropriate learning climate to parents who want that option for their children have emerged, especially in the nation's inner cities. Research suggests that single-sex schooling is effective for some students.
But, the usual cast of characters--in the form of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)--has been agitating since 2006 against the option. During the past 8 years, the ACLU has sued schools in 4 states and filed 10 complaints with the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Division. Their argument? Single-sex programs and schools don't provide "equal eduational options."
According to TheHill.com, federal regulators have issued new guidance concerning the use of single-sex classrooms in public school systems across the nation, making it more difficult for school districts receiving taxpayers' federal $$$s to offer single-sex education. The new rules require those co-ed public schools to identify their objectives in offering single-sex classes and not to rely on gender stereotypes. Programs must also be evaluated every two years to ensure compliance with the regulations.
The new regulations suggest that those federal regulators have never taught young people and are clueless about what's required to educate them. Instead, those federal regulators likely attended law school and now they want to regulate to conduct of those who do teach young people and know what it takes to educate them.
So much for caring about what male and female students need and what's best to meet those needs, educationally speaking. Instead, those federal regulators want unisex schools simply because they've determined that's what's best for young people in this gender-neutral, politically correct climate.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the article in TheHill.com, click on the following link:
"Feds target 'sex stereotypes' in US classrooms."