Chicago Taxpayers Wake Up! School Administrator Wants Tax-Funded High School for Homosexual and Transgender Students!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 9:33pm.

A proposed homosexual-friendly Chicago public high school is "necessary" for the well-being of students, a Chicago Public Schools administrator told Wednesday.  Joyce Brown, who is in charge of the public school district's high school counselors, said the "Social Justice High School - Pride Campus" is necessary because "the issue (of homosexuality) is out there.  Whatever is bubbling up," she said, "needs to be addressed because the issue is there."

The proposed school would offer taxpayer-funded support for homosexual and lesbian students. The school proposal was to be voted on by the Chicago Board of Education on Nov. 19, but the plan was pulled at the last minute. 

If approved, the school's mission would parallel that of the other Social Justice High School: "Project based and problem based learning that addresses real world issues through the lenses of race, gender, culture, economic equity, peace, justice, and the environment will be the catalyst for developing our curriculum."
When asked how the introduction of social justice high schools improves the performance of the Chicago district, Brown was vague. 
"Schools need to be connected with the students they teach," she said.
Brown, who was in Washington to take part in a news conference on college admissions testing, said she did not want the homosexual school's creation to reflect "that our system has failed and we have to have pullouts."
That means, she said, that the proposed high school is not being created to address any purported "bullying" or "intolerance" of homosexual and lesbian students in Chicago public schools.
Brown said efforts to decrease bullying are in place in all public schools. 

Social Justice High School - Pride Campus is important, she said, because students need "to feel comfortable."

"It's important that we address the needs of that particular segment and say "˜What's not working for you in our system that we can work on'?"
She added: "That is what matters -- coming to a school where you feel valued, where people are going to push you to the next level of success, and they are there to help you and show that they care." 

Brown expects that the plan will re-surface again for consideration in the future.
"It's not off the table," she said.

Matt Hadro - December 11, 2008 - source CNS News

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 9:33pm.