Duval superintendent would like single-gender schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Right now, a push is underway to expand same gender schools in Florida, and Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is on board with the idea.

Eugene Butler Middle School already has several single-gender classrooms. Vitti wants to expand the program in Duval County, and across the state.

Those in favor of the plan say students in same gender schools have better test scores, and are better focused. Not everyone's on board though. Some local parents say same gender classrooms limit the chance of maturing socially.

Vitti said it will help students.

"What i would like to see in this county is a school -- then schools that are single gender based -- so to have a young woman's prep academy 6-12, a young mens prep academy 6-12," he said.

Vitti said the schools would not be something that's required. Parents would have the opportunity to opt in to those schools.

They would be open to anyone in the district, not based on location.


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