LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest school district has approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science and technology.

The Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday in favor of starting the Girls Academic Leadership Academy.

In order to open, the district must now get a waiver from the state Board of Education to operate a single-gender school.

LA Unified officials say the school would be the second all-girls school in the state specializing in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.

A recent study of federal data found that fewer high school girls than boys reported liking science and math. Among 2009 high school graduates, male students had higher average math and science scores then female students who took specific math and science classes.

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