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Austin ISD to discuss single-sex schools at next meeting

Austin ISD to discuss single-sex schools at next meeting

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Students have a high concentration of science and maths courses. Courtesy of The Anne Richards School

KVUE --  The Austin School Board is picking up a heated discussion as members consider creating three single-sex schools.

Under the proposal both Pearce and Garcia Middle Schools in East Austin would become single-sex campuses. The district is also looking to build an all boys school.
There's been a lot of concern about the changes. In November the district held a public hearing at the Delco Activity Center. Most who came to speak were against the proposals.
“I don't want my school to change. I feel that it has a good education system,” said one student.
If approved one of the schools would cater to boys while the other would cater to girls. As for the proposed School for Young Men, students would have to apply to attend, just as they do at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
The district cites the success of the Ann Richards School as proof that single-sex campuses are beneficial to students.
“There's a significant body of research that says females learn differently than males. We certainly see that in Ann Richards School,” explained Board President Vincent Torres during November’s public hearing.


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