Constitutional Lessons for the Next Generation of Public Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Schools
Kimberly Jenkins Robinson
University of Richmond - School of Law
William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 1953, 2006
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 07-10
Single-sex public elementary and secondary schools are making a comeback. Schools districts are structuring these schools in a variety of ways, including providing a single-sex public school for only one sex in some districts while others are offering similar schools for both sexes. These disparate structures of single-sex schools create distinct potential harms, risks and benefits for students. This Article contends that the constitutional framework applied to single-sex schools should be systematically modified to recognize the different harms, risks and benefits of these structures of single-sex schools in a manner that will create optimal conditions for the creation of single-sex public schools. The proposed modifications address the shortcomings of other scholarly proposals and minimize the current indeterminacy in the constitutional case law that could create unnecessary barriers to the development of single-sex public schools.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 92
Keywords: single-sex schools, equal protection, education, intermediate scrutiny
JEL Classification: I20
Date posted: July 14, 2006
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