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This distortion of the data is classic NASSPE smoke and mirrors.
Although only three single-sex public schools existed in this country in 1995 (excluding schools for pregnant girls), by April 2006 the NASSPE identified forty-four single-sex public elementary and secondary schools that operated in the United States during the 2005-06 school year.
Of the forty-four single-sex public schools on the NASSPE's website, for the 2005-06 school year, eighteen appear to be "dual academies," or two single-sex schools that provide similar educational opportunities to girls and boys, although a careful assessment of the nature and location of these schools would be necessary to determine if students are in fact provided similar opportunities.
Through the 2005-06 school year, a review of the forty-four single-sex schools listed on the NASSPE website revealed that at least eight single-sex girls' schools appeared to exist without a similar school for boys serving the same grades and geographic region, and at least five boys' schools did not have a similar school for girls serving the same grades and geographic region.
589, 589-90 (2001) (discussing a revived interest in single-sex education in the 1990s); NASSPE, Schools, supra note 5 (listing single-sex public schools within the United States and listing only two such schools in existence by the late 1980s).
A tally of the states with single-sex schools listed on the NASSPE website indicates that eighteen states have single-sex public schools.