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Debating single sex education as LAUSD OKs all-girls schools




Pupils at at King Edward VI High School for Girls take part in a maths lesson on October 4, 2006, Birmingham, England.
Pupils at at King Edward VI High School for Girls take part in a maths lesson on October 4, 2006, Birmingham, England.
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The nation's second-largest school district has greenlighted two new single-sex schools focused on science and technology.

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant conditional approval for two all-girls schools to open in the fall. The Girls Academic Leadership Academy will be housed at Los Angeles High School and start with grades 6-9, eventually expanding to grades 6-12. LAUSD will oversee the school The Girls Athletic Leadership School will be a district-approved charter school and serve grades 6 to 8. Charter leaders are still searching for a location.

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Guests:

Annie Gilbertson, KPCC education reporter who was at yesterday’s LAUSD vote.

Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Janet Hyde, professor of psychology and gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She co-authored a 2014 study comparing student performance in single-sex schools to that of students in co-ed schools.