LAFAYETTE - The end of the single sex classes at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan for the upcoming school year hasn’t ended an ACLU lawsuit, according to court records.
On Sept. 20, a federal magistrate judge is set to consider the Vermilion Parish School Board’s request that the suit be dismissed.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has asked the court to allow it to add five more plaintiffs to the suit related to concerns that the classes may be reinstated in future years.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit in 2009 on behalf of a Rene Rost Middle School parent and her two daughters claiming the single sex classes violate students rights to an equal education and other federal regulations.
The middle school first offered single sex classes in the 2009-10 school year with parents opting to place their child in either single sex or coed classes.
Flaws in the program’s implementation were uncovered during a federal injunction hearing in 2010, but the judge allowed the program to continue in the 2010-11 school year under court supervision.
In April, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district ruling, but remanded issues made in the lawsuit back to the district court.
Those issues should be moot since only one of the daughters named in the suit still attends the school and in 2011-12, her final year at the school, no single sex classes will be offered, said the School Board’s attorney in court records.
The lawsuit identified the original three plaintiffs as Jane, Joan and Jill Doe.
The amended suit names another sibling: Jen Doe, who will enter the fifth grade at Rost in 2012-13; Jane Washington, a Kaplan mother of six children who attended, currently attend, or will attend Rost; and three of Washington’s sons.
Though the School Board voted unanimously last month to discontinue the classes, School Board members remained supportive of the concept, ACLU attorneys noted in court records.
Because of the School Board’s interest in pursuing the program in future years, the “additional parties are therefore reasonably likely to discriminatory treatment in future years,” ACLU attorneys stated in court records.