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School Pride: Chicago Considers Gay High School

Questioning the notion that segregation is bad for students, Chicago's school district is considering opening a high school for gay, lesbian, and transgender students. The school is among a group of recommended specialized schools, another example being a technology-focused campus.

Schools targeting gay students — a group more likely to drop out, abusing drugs, and committing suicide — exist in other cities.

Learning in an environment where they're not automatically "different" may help youth flourish. Even so, some gay students may feel that attending a gay-focused school would limit their identity to their sexual orientation. Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to give students a chance to choose a targeted environment, while working to make mainstream schools more accepting, too.


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