"When a public body pays out money and attorneys' fees, I'm not going to seal that," said Goodwin, who later changed his mind about disclosing the amount of money the woman will receive in addition to the attorneys' fees.
"The matter has created considerable public controversy and there has been some adverse attention directed toward the [juveniles and their mother] as a result," he said.
In November, the West Virginia Board of Education expressed its support of single-sex classrooms, despite criticism from the ACLU.
The ACLU believes separated classrooms perpetuate outdated gender stereotypes and discredits research claiming that boys and girls learn in drastically different ways.
At a state Board of Education meeting in November, board President Wade Linger said it's important to allow county school boards to choose whether the method would benefit their schools.
"The Board of Education supports school systems' effort to improve student achievement through innovative ways based on research and sound educational practice. To this end, the board supports counties which choose to implement single-sex classrooms if the aforementioned is in alignment with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education and embedded in federal regulations," Linger said in the statement prepared along with the board at the meeting.
Around the time the lawsuit was filed, Kanawha County Schools discontinued plans for single-sex classes after receiving letters of concern from the ACLU.
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