Is Separation the Answer?

These resources display current, research-based statistics regarding the state of Black girls in school and the juvenile justice system.


Empowering Men of Color in DC Public Schools and the Exclusion of Girls of Color

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In January 2015, the Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Chancellor of the DC Public Schools jointly announced a new $20 million initiative called “Empowering Males of Color” (“EMOC"). The initiative is aimed at enhancing the school experience and improving school achievement of males of color. While these are laudable goals, EMOC aims to achieve this at the exclusion of girls of color, who face a similar, and sometimes more drastic, achievement gap in DC schools. The majority of programs funded by the $20 million initiative are unavailable for girls. 

As the infographics above show, based on research from DCPS itself, the racial achievement gap impacts girls of color. Less than half of black girls students are testing proficient in reading in DC public schools, as compared to over 90% for their white counterparts; less than a quarter of black girls are enrolled in AP classes in DC public schools, as compared to 65% of their white counterparts; black girls are graduating at lower rates than their white counterparts; and black girls represent the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. Though girls of color could benefit greatly from the $20 million initiative, they are excluded from EMOC. The District has failed to offer justification for this exclusion.

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The Separation Solution? Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality

                Author Juliet Williams

                Author Juliet Williams

Since the 1990s, there has been a resurgence of interest in single-sex education across the United States, and many public schools have created all-boys and all-girls classes for students in grades K through 12. The Separation Solution? provides an in-depth analysis of controversies sparked by recent efforts to separate boys and girls at school. Reviewing evidence from research studies, court cases, and hundreds of news media reports on local single-sex initiatives, Juliet Williams offers fresh insight into popular conceptions of the nature and significance of gender differences in education and beyond.