D.C. school system launches effort to help girls of color — but not an all-girls school

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

According to Alejandra Matos of the Washington Post, D.C. Public Schools has admitted that it has no plans to open an all-girls high school like the one it opened in August for black and Latino boys. Instead, the school system plans to create support groups for girls and host a systemwide all-girls conference later this year.

Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, an all-male school, opened its doors last summer. The 100-student school aims to boost achievement for black and Latino boys, who historically have the lowest test scores and graduation rates in the city.

The school has drawn controversy, with the American Civil Liberties Union questioning why the system did not create an all-girls counterpart. The school system replied last fall that Ron Brown was designed with the “specific needs of young men” in mind and that it was working to expand “opportunities to meet the unique needs of our female students.” Read more here.