Wood Co. Principal Defends Gender-Based Classes

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WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Wed, Jun 27, 2012 9:08 am

The Wood County Board of Education discussed whether to continue gender-based classes at one the district's middle schools Tuesday night. 

Van Devender Middle School changed to a single-gender class system two years ago. 
 
But after drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, Principal Stephen Taylor is presenting evidence on why this teaching method is effective.
 
Taylor says grades are up and disciplinary action for students is down. But board members say these statistics aren't long term.
 
"Well, I think the main thing to state about the information he presented this evening is we have a very limited amount of data to work with at this point. It's difficult to whether the scores are improving or not improving with just a couple of years data. Essentially right now it looks flat, but it's hard to say," says Superintendent Dr. James Law.
 
The ACLU is threatening legal action, potentially costing the school system more than $10,000.
 
Some parents and even upcoming students think the benefits speak for themselves.
 
There is contingency plan in place for parents who don't want their kids to participate in the program
 
None have chosen that option.
 
The Board of Education has yet to make a final decision and Taylor will present more findings at the next board meeting.
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