Speak Out Against Sex-Segregated Public Schools in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh School Board Public Hearing
Monday, July 12, 7:00 p.m.
341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh
To register to speak at the public hearing call the district superintendent's office at 412-622-3600 by noon on Monday, July 12.
As part of a larger East End reorganization plan, the Pittsburgh School Board is considering turning Westinghouse High School into two sex-segregated academies for 6-12 grade students.
The ACLU has serious concerns about the implementation of this plan, and we need you to speak up for gender equity in education while there's still time.
The school board has given the public less than a month to weigh in on the proposed changes and is set to vote on the plan on Wednesday, July 21.
We need you to make your voice heard at the next public hearing of the Pittsburgh School Board this Monday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m.
This will be the last public hearing before the board votes on these controversial changes and it is imperative that the board hears from residents, parents and advocates that segregating our schools is not a real (or legal) solution to improving our kids' education.
Sex-segregation in public education is unconstitutional, perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes, and ends up depriving both girls and boys of the benefits of co-education. Creating sex-segregated schools and classrooms diverts resources from initiatives that have been proven effective in improving the education of both boys and girls – such as reducing class sizes and increasing teacher training. Rather than offering choice, sex-segregated programs limit the education of both boys and girls.
Find more information on sex-segregated schools and the harmful assumptions that shape the curricula and teaching methods on the ACLU website.
To register to speak at the public hearing, call the district superintendent's office at 412-622-3600 by noon on Monday, July 12.
For questions or more information, contact the ACLU-PA Pittsburgh office at: 412-681-7736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.