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Connecticut ACLU: separating classes by gender illegal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is calling on state education officials to notify all schools that creating single-sex classrooms would be illegal.

The request is in response to a new report by the Middletown-based State Education Resource Center. The report presents the pros and cons of separating classes by gender to address an achievement gap in which girls score higher on standardized tests than boys.

The nonprofit center, which is funded by the state Department of Education, notes there are conflicting studies on the issue. The report doesn’t endorse or oppose single-sex classes, and it discusses potential legal problems.

The ACLU on Wednesday asked state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to reject the report and tell schools single-sex classrooms are unconstitutional.

State education officials are reviewing the ACLU’s request.

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