Single-sex classes to end in Mobile County schools

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Mobile County school system will stop offering single-sex classes in order to settle a dispute with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU had threatened to sue in response to complaints it received from parents at Hankins Middle School in Theodore, which put its boys and girls in separate classrooms at the start of the school year.

The school system's lawyer told board members Thursday the system's same-gender classes aren't in compliance with a federal provision and they would lose the lawsuit after a lengthy and costly court battle.

Mobile has single-sex classes at three other elementary schools and Clark magnet school.

Baldwin County officials said they plan to continue offering single-sex classes at Foley Intermediate.

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