Re: Legality of single-sex education

Linda Purrington (
Tue, 03 Mar 1998 13:17:09 -0800

Well, there's no doubt single-sex academies now exist, and that they are
being funded by the California Department of Education in Butte VAllley,
San Franscisco, and Stockton; and that the challege to Title IX was
anticipated, and probably intended. I am sure someone noted this before,
and that somewhere the legal wheels have clunked into motion
challenginng these schools on the basis of Title IX, equal protection
under the laws, and citing Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas.
I would really like to link up with those plaintiffs, lawyers, if anyone
knows of them. Thanks a bunch, Linda Purrington, Title IX Advocates

John Lindner wrote:
> At 8:41 PM -0800 2/25/98, Linda Purrington wrote:
> >I've attached the references from the CA dept of education on
> >single-gender academies. Now, does anyone know what legal challenges
> >are being mounted, and where these single-gender academies are now being
> >set up, and what funds are being used for them? Linda Purrington
> ><>
> Glancing briefly through the Education Code sections you cited, it appears
> these schools are being established as a form of magnet or alternative
> school, under a district's existing authority to do so. I couldn't say
> whether this is legal or not, and I'm not aware of any challenges currently
> underway.
> It may not be possible to challenge them until they're actually applied for
> and/or established.
> The second code section below doesn't specify what the funding source is,
> so I'd guess it's from the General Fund allocation to the State Department
> of Education.
> Take care,
> John
> ==========
> California Education Code
> 58523. (a) The governing board of a school district receiving a
> grant pursuant to this chapter shall establish a single gender
> academy as a magnet school pursuant to its general power established
> under Section 35160 or an an alternative education magnet school
> pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 58500).
> (b) The governing board of a school district receiving a grant
> pursuant to this chapter shall provide a detailed report of the
> relative success of the single gender academy to the Superintendent
> of Public Instruction, Department of Finance, office of the
> Legislative Analyst, Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Senate
> Committee on Education, and to the Assembly Committee on Education on
> or before January 1, 2000.
> 58524. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall allocate two
> hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for each single gender
> academy established pursuant to this chapter to the school district
> establishing the academy.
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> Mr. John Lindner
> Third Grade Teacher/Technology Co-coordinator
> San Anselmo Elementary School
> 6670 San Anselmo Way
> San Jose, California, 95119 USA
> 408.578.2710 voice
> 408.578.3660 fax
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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