« Fordham Report Gives Common Standards Good Grades | Main | NAEP Reading Scores Out Today »

Budget Cuts in South Carolina Hit Single-Sex Classes

Add single-gender classes to the list of casualties of the economic downturn.

South Carolina, a "national leader in offering single-gender programs in public schools," is seeing a significant decline in the number of schools offering boys-only and girls-only courses, reports the Associated Press.

The story says the practice had rapidly expanded to nearly 220 last spring, and more schools had hoped to add the option. But about 60 schools have had to drop the option after losing teachers to budget cuts, since there were no longer enough faculty members to teach co-ed and single-gender courses, the story explains.

For the bigger picture on state and school budgets, check out a recent story by my colleague Lesli Maxwell. She cites one state budget analyst as concluding that about half the states are poised to slash spending on K-12 education in fiscal 2011.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • Linda: My problem with homework is they give too much and read more
  • Seo Article Writer: Hello I just see your site when I am searching read more
  • Car Insurance Guy: Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. read more
  • cyptoreopully: Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im read more
  • Connie Wms: Good grief. We have gone round and round forever with read more