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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