Restoring Equal Opportunity in Education: An Analysis of Arguments for and Against the Bush Administration Single-Sex Education Regulations

Ashley English

July 30, 2009
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In 2006, the George W. Bush Administration issued new Title IX regulations that allow for sex segregated classrooms and schools in public, non-vocational elementary and secondary schools. These regulations provide schools with another condition that allows them to provide sex segregated programs as long as they meet an “important governmental objective” (US Department of Education 2006). The Administration justified this policy by claiming that sex segregated education programs met “important government objectives” including improving educational achievement of its students through a recipient’s overall established policy to provide diverse educational opportunities and meeting the particular, identified educational needs of a recipient’s students. Sex segregated programs are also to be completely voluntary and implemented in an evenhanded manner with regard to gender (US Department of Education 2006).