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Pittsburgh schools chief scraps single-sex school


PITTSBURGH,None - The head of Pittsburgh's public school system recommends ending single-gender classes after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened legal action.


The ACLU and the Women's Law Project objected to the single-gender program at George Westinghouse Academy because they said students were being assigned to a single-sex education environment based on where they lived.


Superintendent Linda Lane says she doesn't believe the school's arrangement violates any rules but a costly defense would detract from the goal of giving students a quality education.


Lane says staff training issues played a role in her recommendation.


Lane says she'll recommend the board vote on the changes later this month.