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Is Separation the Solution? Gender-based school reforms for at-risk students of color

Dear ,

We are excited to invite you to attend a 2-day convening to discuss the theory and practice of gender-based school reforms for at-risk students of color. Califia NOW Chapter of Greater Los Angeles is proud to be a cosponsor of this event.

What: Is Separation the Solution?

When/Where: May 6-7, 2016, UCLA School of Law

  • May 6: 10am-6pm; Room 1310
  • May 7: 9am-2pm; Room 1314

Registration: Please register at bit.ly/singlesexconference

Livestreaming: For those who can’t attend, the event will be live streamed:

Prominent academics, researchers and activists will tackle implications of the current trend to promote single-sex schools as an intervention for achievement disparities and related challenges for boys of color – but not for girls of color. The approach is particularly questionable as achievement scores for girls of color and other measures are very close to those for boys of color. Examples include the President’s My Brother’s Keeper campaign which has drawn major corporate support and a District of Columbia plan to spend tens of millions on a boys-only high school and special programs, but not much for the girls.

NOW has fought single-sex education for years based on the knowledge that such efforts generally short-change girls coupled with the fact that Title IX limits single-sex educational programs in public schools to only narrow circumstances. Research shows that segregating the sexes does not produce educational outcomes any better than those seen in co-educational settings. 

On the list of conference speakers are: former New York State NOW president, Galen Sherwin, an expert on single-sex education and the law at ACLU; Lisalyn Jacobs, an attorney formerly with Legal Momentum (once NOW LDEF); Kimberle’ Crenshaw, AAPF organizer of the conference and a nationally- recognized academic on the intersection of race- and gender- discrimination as it impacts women of color and many other notables. NOW hosted with AAPF a Town Hall meeting during our 2015 national conference in New Orleans where issues confronting girls and women of color in Louisiana were discussed.

Bonnie Grabenhofer, Vice President
National Organization for Women

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