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Discussion of Proposed LGBT School in Chicago

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Chicago Public Schools chief executive Arne Duncan is expected to announce today whether he approves the idea of a high school that caters to gay, lesbian and transgender Chicago youth. Proponents of the Social Justice High School – Pride Campus say it would be a safe haven for harassed students who are often overlooked in the system. Students would receive a college preparatory education that includes four years of English and math, three years of foreign language and science as well as fine arts and physical education. Administrators say the campus would be open to all students regardless of their sexual orientation.

The Greater Lawndale Little Village High School for Social Justice has spearheaded the plan. Last month, a public meeting about the proposal drew about two hundred people on both sides of the issue. If Duncan gives his okay today, there will be at least one more chance for the public to get their say before the board votes on the plan on October 22nd.

Joining our discussion are Andy Thayer who is co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, Tania Unzueta who produces the gay and lesbian talk show Homofrecuencia on 90.5 fm, and Carl Bell who is a psychologist and President & C.E.O. of the Community Mental Health Council.

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