SDE: Single Sex Classes and Schools
Title IX

Single Sex Classes and Schools

Title IX and Single Sex Education

By Sue Klein, Ed. D., Education Equity Director, Feminist Majority Foundation [PDF 20.75KB]

Positions on Single-Sex Education

National Women's Law Center
American Association of University Women

Dear Colleague Letter - OCR - January 31, 2007
...the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has amended the regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq. (Title IX), applicable to nonvocational single-sex classes, extracurricular activities, and schools at the elementary and secondary education levels. These new regulations were published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2006, and took effect on November 24, 2006.

Department of Education publishes final Title IX regulations encouraging single-sex schools and classes

The U.S. Department of Educationís Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published final regulations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to expand flexibility to offer single-sex schools, classes, and extracurricular activities in nonvocational elementary and secondary schools. Title IX prohibits gender-based discrimination in federally funded education programs. Information on the regulations as initially proposed in 2004 and NSBAís comments on them are provided below. The new regulations were proposed to allow single-sex schools and single-sex classes, as long as both sexes are treated with substantial equality. This would not necessarily require that single-sex schools and programs always be offered to both genders. For example, OCR no longer interprets Title IX to require that if a district offers a single-sex school to students of one sex it must offer another single-sex school to the other. A single-sex program would, however, have to be substantially related to an "important governmental or educational objective," which the regulations define as either "to provide a diversity of educational options to parents and students" or "to meet the particular identified educational needs of students."


If you require further information, please contact:

Dr. William A. Howe
State Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance
CT State Department of Education
Bureau of Accountability & Improvement
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 221
Hartford, CT 06106
Telephone: (860) 713-6752
Fax:          (860) 713-7035

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