PI Original Adam Doster Monday September 8th, 2008, 1:02pm

CPS Considers LGBTQA High School

Here's a bit of cool news from last week. The Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice has submitted a proposal to the Chicago Public Schools to open LGBTQA high school within the city's borders: The Greater Lawndale Little Village School for ...

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Here's a bit of cool news from last week. The Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice has submitted a proposal to the Chicago Public Schools to open LGBTQA high school within the city's borders:

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.

If opened, the school will follow the model of the Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan: while open to all, it was built as a safe haven for LGBTQA students, especially those who have experienced extreme levels of violence and harassment. Bill Greaves, a member of the proposed school's design team, told the Windy City Times that a location has yet to be chosen, but he hopes it will be centrally located, allowing easy access for students city-wide.

CPS will hold a community hearing on Sept. 18 at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted) before announcing its decision by the end of October. I've seen up close the outstanding work teachers and the faculty do at the social justice branch of LVLHS, so this is a project I plan to keep an eye on.

(H/T Gapers Block)

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