Mother Sues Wood County School Board to End Single-Sex Classes

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Friday, August 17, 2012

The ACLU of West Virginia on behalf of a Parkersburg mother is taking Wood County school officials to court for a program implemented in one of the county's middle school's that separates certain classes by sex.

The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of West Virginia on behalf of Jane Doe and her three children who attend Van Devender Middle School.

Defendants were listed as the Wood County Board of Education, Superintendent Patrick Law, principal Stephen Taylor and former assistant principal Penny Tonelli Coleman.

For the past two years, the suit states, girls and boys of certain grades attending Van Devender Middle School have been separated in reading, math, social studies and sciences courses.

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