Boston Superintendent of Schools Delays Decision to Set up Single-Sex Academies
Carol Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Schools, announced her decision late last week to reevaluate her earlier decision to establish public single-sex academies in Boston city schools. Johnson stated she wanted more time that she wanted to evaluate the data about single-sex education.
Recent studies have debunked the myth that single-sex education will solve public education problems. Rather these studies, such as Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, a PhD in neuroscience, and Brainstorm by Rebecca Jordan-Young, a sociomedical scientist, show that the evidence of different learning patterns of girls and boys are flawed. Moreover single-sex education is opposed because it is more costly and has many drawbacks, not the least of which, it discriminates on the basis of sex, which many people believe is a violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
The Feminsit Majority Foundation supports the repeal of Bush administration 2006 Title IX regulations, which make it easier to establish public single-sex classrooms and schools. Title IX permits single-sex education only when it can be shown that it affirmatively reduces sex discrimination in education.
Media Resources: Women's E-News 11/24/10; Feminist Majority Foundation 11/30/10
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .