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Chicago: LGBT high school planned

The Peter has a new reason to go on the unhinged warpath since this is in his backyard.

[T]he plan isn’t likely to become a reality before 2012, and that’s only if it passes through the bevy of criticism it faces from both sides of the political spectrum.

Conservatives say the Social Justice High School-Pride Campus would be a misuse of public funds and require administrators to take a moral stance on homosexuality, a judgment well above their pay grade. Even some gay rights advocates argue that isolating the gay and lesbian population from the mainstream would be damaging and prevent different groups of students from learning to interact.

…”If we’re going to set up a separate school, let’s put the bullies in the school and not our gay kids,” said Rick Garcia, public policy director of Equality Illinois, the state’s largest gay rights group. “Kids should be able to go to school in a safe environment wherever they are.”

The plan comes from the people who run the Greater Lawndale Little Village High School for Social Justice. They say the new campus would be open to all students, but would especially seek to foster a violence-free atmosphere for students who are often targeted for their sexual identities.

…The school proposal is in the early stages. A public hearing is set for Sept. 18, and the proposal requires approval by an evaluation team and then Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan before it goes before the school board.

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