County rethinks same-sex schools

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GREENSBORO, Ga. --- Greene County public school officials are rethinking their plan to separate boys and girls in every class next school year.

A revised proposal expected within two weeks likely will keep genders mixed at the county high school and allow parents to choose whether to enroll younger children in the single-gender classes, schools Superintendent Shawn McCollough said last week.

Officials in the struggling school district last month stirred up national press coverage and mixed, often angry reactions from parents when they suddenly announced the single-gender schools mandate.

Although Mr. McCollough presented the plan as a bold, history-making move to lift dismal test scores, some experts said the plan as approved would violate federal civil rights law because it wouldn't give parents any choice.

Some parents in the largely black and low-income area around Greensboro balked at the plan because board members didn't take any public input before unanimously pushing it through.

But trouble for officials began shortly after the Feb. 4 decision.

Two school board members rescinded their approval, saying they weren't aware of the extent of the overhaul, and moved last month to overturn it. They were defeated in a 3-2 vote.

And parents continued to speak out against the plan at contentious school board meetings.

Mr. McCollough later apologized for not taking any input before recommending the plan to board members.

But he said he remained firm in his belief that the single-gender model was backed by research and would help students focus on learning.

Regardless of the details of Mr. McCollough's revised plan, it's likely to include big changes for Greene County pupils next year.

The original plan also called for school uniforms and a retooling of the system's middle school model, which Mr. McCollough has said doesn't work.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/18/08 - 05:33 am
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The sex of the classes isn't

The sex of the classes isn't the problem. It's the cultural attitude that needs changing. With out it, it'll just be ssdd.

knowledgeizpwr
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knowledgeizpwr 03/18/08 - 09:22 am
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And unfortunately the

And unfortunately the cultural attitudes in schools are the same as our society's!

Inkjet
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Inkjet 03/18/08 - 09:28 am
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This should be interesting.

This should be interesting.

jack
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jack 03/18/08 - 09:36 am
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Th High School nd Middle

Th High School nd Middle school are the ones that shud be single sex school as these are the ages of raging hormones.

momma mia
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momma mia 03/18/08 - 09:55 am
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No, they should not be

No, they should not be single-sex schools. The world isn't single-sex. Men and women have to work together in the real world, so they'd better start learning how to do that in middle and high school.

dani
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dani 03/18/08 - 12:06 pm
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Frankly I don't see why

Frankly I don't see why anyone would see harm in separating the pupils by sex. I had two classes in high school (a really small school) that the boys & girls were separated, it was rather nice. No one objected. It was just one of the decisions that was made and it worked.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/18/08 - 12:23 pm
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"Mr. McCullough later

"Mr. McCullough later apologized for not taking any input before recommending the plan to board members." Stakeholders- parents, grandparents, taxpayers, etc.- expect input in the major decisions made by their local education agencies. But maybe we need to devise more effective and respectful ways to provide such input. "We can disagree without becoming disagreeable."

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 03/18/08 - 01:54 pm
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I can see this will only

I can see this will only promote more sexual discrimination in the work force. And I thought rascism was bad enough........

ncdixon
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ncdixon 03/18/08 - 06:44 pm
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I think seperate classes

I think seperate classes would is a good thing. I live in North Carolina and work in the school system. I am a Ga. native. I left an Elementary school to work in a Middle school. Middle schoolers are not focusing on what is important. These kids minds are everywhere but where it should be. Seperate classes.You got my vote.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 03/18/08 - 11:56 pm
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I think it's a breadingground

I think it's a breadingground for homosexuality. Go For it!

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