Thursday, November 20, 2008

Proposed Chicago High School Not Gay Enough

Designers of a plan to create the city's first gay-friendly high school pulled the plug on a watered-down version of the plan Tuesday but vowed to resurrect the idea next year.

-- From "No gay high school -- at least not in '09" by Rosalind Rossi, Chicago Sun Times Education Reporter 11/19/08

Some lead members of the design team had thought that the latest version of the proposal -- which deleted all specific references to gay students from the mission statement and changed the school's name -- had been the best way to garner support for the new school, Chicago public school officials said. But on Tuesday, other members balked.

"When we tried to compromise as much as we could with our language, even changing our name, in the end, the design team couldn't fully agree that this proposal should go through," one team member, Katherine Hogan, told WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight" Tuesday.

Hogan, a literature teacher at Social Justice High School, insisted the design team had the "full support" of Schools CEO Arne Duncan and would "absolutely" submit an "even stronger" version of the plan next year, in time for the school to open in 2010, as planned.

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