Single Gender

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A little more than 100 of Florida's 3,000 public schools received a school grade of "D" or "F" last year.

Marianna High School was one of them receiving a "D" grade.

Teachers and administrators are looking for ways to improve last year's performance, but are single-sex classes the answer?

"It would reduce peer pressure to a certain extent. Maybe some pressure from a certain student they might feel freer to participate in certain activities."

But Moore says talks on the subject have been minimal, and his teachers are even less convinced.

"I think it would make things worse because students would I think be more distracted. They see a problem and they see it being a possible fix. I don't believe it would work in any high school setting."

"A lot of the distractions inside the classroom, a lot of them are not because of gender problems. There are other problems outside of the classroom that spill into the classroom."

And Brown says students don't like the idea either.

"We've had ‘em prepare for Florida Writes; we've asked them the question: ‘How do you feel about all male classes all female classes?’ And 90 percent of the students totally disagree."

The teachers we spoke to say lawmakers would be better off providing more classroom resources.

"Extra funding to d and f schools reading programs putting the right teachers in the right positions."

"I think what they need to look at is core subjects and prerequisites like they do at college, if a student hasn't done well in a first semester class, not taking the second level at the same time."

The Committee on 21st Century Competitiveness will discuss the idea of requiring single sex classes at schools graded D or F Tuesday morning.