THE Women's Rights Division of the American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to school officials in Cabell, Kanawha and Wood counties demanding an end to the single-sex classes that existed at a few middle schools.
But what about boys? African-American males now have a 53 percent dropout rate, according to Jawanza Kunjufu, author of "Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate."
Among his recommendations?
The consideration of single-sex classrooms. Some people think separating boys and girls can produce environments more conducive to learning.
But in two counties at least, the experiment is over - and not necessarily because of the ACLU.
Kanawha County discontinued single-sex classes at Anne Bailey Elementary because of staffing requirements. Cabell County ended single-sex classrooms at Barboursville and Enslow middle schools because of what the superintendent called scheduling conflicts and logistical problems.
Too bad. What's happening to male academic achievement does need to be addressed. There now are three girls in college for every two boys.
RESTRICTIONS on texting or using a cellphone while driving will take effect on July 1 under a new state law. This is to protect drivers from those drivers who are pre-occupied.
Nitro and St. Albans both have moved to adopt the West Virginia law as city ordinances as well.
Sure, city enforcement of a measure designed to reduce the risk of distracted driving could prevent some injuries or save some lives.
But there another advantage to dovetailing with state law as well: It presents a revenue opportunity.
With city ordinances, municipal law enforcement can take the alleged offenders to municipal court, and the city, not the state, can collect the proceeds.
Municipal residents, take note. Everybody and his brother is out to keep you safe.