The administration was faced with a difficult issue regarding its plans for single gender education at Westinghouse.
It has finally acknowledge that students cannot be forced into single gender classes. Alternatives for students who do not want single gender were to assign them to U Prep, or to also offer mixed gender classes at Westinghouse. However, the first option- students not choosing single gender defaulting to U Prep- resulted in too many students at U Prep. And the second option led to complaints from single gender proponents that the plan was being diluted.
The solution was to have it both ways. At Wednesday's legislative meeting Dr. Lane stated that students living East of Negley would be assigned to Westinghouse. The plan is that core classes will be single gender while art, PE and CTE classes will be mixed. Students assigned to Westinghouse would have 30 days to opt out and be assigned to another school, most likely U Prep.
HOWEVER, the actual language of the Board resolution does not mention the 30 day opt out and does not specify which classes will be single gender and which will be mixed. The language simply states that single gender and coeducational classes will be offered at Westinghouse. It's a hope for the best approach- ie, hope that most students will go with the assignment to single gender, but if too many opt out the district will be able to keep them at Westinghouse anyway by offering mixed core classes if necessary. To maintain the mixed classroom safety valve there will not be two schools at Westinghouse, just one school with single gender core classes and the option to add mixed classes if necessary. But really there kind of will be two academies, with the principal planned for the girls' academy signing on as "co-principal."