In the last couple days there’s been a lot of talk from the new education minister about potentially allowing for the segregation of girls and boys in state-funded education.
I don’t really see a lot of demand from parents for this and I wonder whether this is really just a back-door way to allow more Opus Dei schools (which segregate by sex) into the state funded system.
Ten years ago, the CiU allowed a dozen (mainly Opus Dei) schools into the state-funded system, but during the tri-partite years, no new schools were allowed in (despite a massive growth of Opus Dei membership).
Funnily enough, the central government is currently pushing a new law that would explicitly outlaw state funding to any school that discriminates by sex. Looks like at least in Asturias, the press figured out who they really are after.
At the same time, the Spanish Supreme Court is trying to decide a case about whether Opus Dei schools should be denied state funding based on violation of the constitution.