County Ponders Single-Gender Schools

The Wake County school board will consider a proposal to start single-gender "leadership academies" by next year.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ( that the board will vote Tuesday on the proposal from Superintendent Tony Tata.

Tata based his idea on single-gender schools at North Carolina A&T State University and Bennett College in Greensboro. Graduates of those schools perform at high levels on standardized tests and head to college at an unprecedented rate.

But the academies cost twice as much per pupil as the average Guilford County high school -- about $14,000 per pupil compared to less than $7,000 per year.

And the majority of students at the academies are black. Both schools are located on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.

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  • by Tee on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    We have enough schools already that is under funded. They are constantly selling something to make ends meet. Keep these teachers employed with the federal money so we can eventually downsize the classrooms and employ more people. The schools already don't get enough from the lottery. It is a good idea but the timing is not good with the economy so bad.
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on Sep 20, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    I think its a great idea. There is a lot of positive research regarding single sex schools among females. I havent really seen much on the male side. I would be curious to see how that will turn out.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    I think this would be a great idea!
  • by ? on Sep 20, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    Could be good, could be bad, in one way it’ll remove a distraction or two but depending on what grade they’ll start this single-gender school, it’ll actually cause other problems associated with single-gender schools.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Sep 20, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Last fall I watched stories unfold in Wake???? County about trying to go back to neighborhood schools. The NAACP jumped in on and all over it. Their claim was it was discrimination by income at that point rather then race. Hmmm If the were so fired up about the monetay segregation, I would think they will be the firt ones outta the gate on trying to incorperate segregation by sex. I'll will have fun watching this unfold as raise in praise my are all HS grads.
  • by Harold on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    As long as the taxpayers are not footing the bill I say go for it.

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