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CS/HB 313 — Single-Gender Public School Programs

by Choice and Innovation Subcommittee; and Rep. Diaz, M. and others (CS/SB 514 by Appropriations Committee and Senator Flores)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Education Committee (ED)

The bill provides additional guidelines for establishing single-gender elementary, middle, or high schools by requiring district school boards establishing such schools to: 

  • Separate students into grade-level single-gender classes for instruction in core courses;
  • Open enrollment to all students within the school district;
  • Require administrators and teachers to participate in professional development that includes scheduling and instructional strategies; and
  • Provide the Department of Education a comparison of the academic performance of students in gender-specific schools with that of students in other public schools in the school district.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2014.

Vote: Senate 37-1; House 110-4