Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Chicago Homosexual High School Proposed

New York City already has such a high school (Harvey Milk High School), predicated not only on sheltering students from bullying and harassment, but also celebrating all sexual identities and behaviors.

Chicago residents: To give your opinion on the proposed "Pride Campus," there is a CPS community hearing Thursday, 9/18/08, 6-8pm, at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted.

--From "Gay High School Proposed" by Amy Wooten, Windy City Times writer, 9/3/08

An LGBTQA Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high school has been proposed and, if given the green light, the school would join the likes of New York's Harvey Milk High School in becoming a national model in providing a welcoming, safe education for queer and questioning youth and their allies.

The Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice submitted the proposal to the CPS Office of New Schools for a Social Justice High School-Pride Campus. This project has been in the works since spring of this year. If approved, Pride Campus, a voluntary public high school that would implement a college prep curriculum in all subject areas, would open in 2010. It would serve LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning and allied) students from all over the city.

CPS will announce its decision by the end of October. Until then, a CPS community hearing will be held Sept. 18 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. There, the public can learn more about the proposed school.

Bill Greaves, director and community liaison of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations' Advisory Council on LGBT Issues and a member of the proposed school's design team, told Windy City Times that the community forum will be the “last hurdle” in the process. The CPS Office of New Schools has already twice interviewed the design team, made up of veteran teachers and administrators, a member of About Face Theater, CPS Office of Student Development staff and others. On Aug. 26, the delegate principal, Chad Weiden (the current assistant principal at the Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice) , was interviewed.

A location for the Pride Campus has not yet been chosen, and the team has pledged to work with CPS in finding an appropriate location.

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