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AISD discusses plan for single-sex schools

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An all-boys and all-girls school could be coming to the Austin Independent School District. 

Board members will discuss single-sex schools at a meeting on Monday night, along with the possibility of teacher pay raises.

Administrators say the goal is to create a more college-ready culture for those schools that feed in to LBJ and Reagan High Schools.

The plan is that next school year both Pearce and Gargia Middle Schools will have some single-sex classes in core curriculum areas before transitioning into the all boys or all girls school. 

Supporters of single-sex education say that it's successful in teaching to boys' and girls' strengths. 

Opposing research claims that single-sex education is ineffective. Last fall, AISD conducted a survey about single-sex schools.

Overall, 40 percent of respondents support the creation of two single-sex campuses and 29 percent opposed it.

There will be a meeting on June 23 with northeast Austin Neighborhood Associations to get more feedback on single-sex schools.

Also tonight, board members will continue to discuss next school year's budget which they are expected to approve this summer.

Included in that budget is a 3 percent employee pay raise.

They will also be talking about preliminary STAAR test results.

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