Date of this Version
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 2-April 2003 ISSN: 1541-6224
Most public schools in the United States have been coeducational, based at least in part on a general belief that single-sex schools and classrooms were legally impermissible. Now the issue of single-sex education has been raised again by the No Child Left Behind Act of2001, which provides that federal funds may be made available to local education agencies for an array of innovative assistance programs, including programs to provide same-gender schools and classrooms. An analysis of applicable law, coupled with a review of the merits of single-sex schooling, suggests that "separate but comparable" single-sex public school education might be legally permissible.