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Gingersnap
11-19-2008, 04:39 PM
Gay-oriented high school plan dropped

November 18, 2008 at 10:47 PM | Comments (15)

The team behind a plan to open Chicago's first public high school aimed at gay and lesbian students pulled the plug today, faced with criticism from Mayor Richard Daley and some ministers and an internal split about whether a revamped version "watered down" the vision.

The Chicago Board of Education was set to vote on the proposal Wednesday, but the educators who had been pushing the plan asked to be taken off the agenda late Tuesday.

The school initially was going to be called the School for Social Justice Pride Campus partly focusing on gay issues. But last week, organizers changed the name to the Solidarity Campus and broadened its focus to include all disenfranchised groups of students.

As late as Tuesday morning, some advocates were pushing the idea that the change was a good compromise. A few hours later, however, the group told Chicago Public Schools officials it would try to retool its ideas and ask for approval in a year.

"There are some members of the design team who felt it was watered down too much and there was not enough consensus...to move forward as it stood," district spokesman Michael Vaughn said.

The organizers, members of the School for Social Justice in Little Village, issued a statement late Tuesday saying they plan to go before the board next year and have the school open in 2010.

Some gay rights activists said they were concerned the proposed high school would segregate gay youths while others saw such a campus as a safe haven from possible harassment and violence.

This was a lame idea from the start. What's next? Porker High? :cool:

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