LAFAYETTE — A second attempt at getting a preliminary injunction to halt single-sex classes at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan is now moot because of the Vermilion Parish School Board’s decision to discontinue the classes, according to federal court records.
The ACLU had filed a lawsuit in September 2009 that challenged the single-sex classes, claiming students were not receiving an equal education and the classes violated other federal regulations.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik denied the first preliminary injunction request in April 2010. The ruling on that injunction request was upheld in April by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, but claims brought forth in the suit were remanded back to the district federal court.
A hearing scheduled for June 22 has been canceled due to the board’s June 2 decision to suspend the classes due to low voluntary enrollment.
The federal district court has ordered that both sides discuss whether any “outstanding” issues remain that necessitate a trial prior to a June 21 status conference.
The School Board approved the classes, which began in the 2009-10 school year and continued this past school year under federal court supervision. The classes split students up by sex for core educational courses in math, English, social studies and science. Some students opted to remain in co-educational classes.