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Obama's Sec. of Education Choice Backed Chicago's Gay High School


Barack Obama today announced Chicago's CEO of Public Schools Arne Duncan as his Secretary of Education.

From the AP report:

"Duncan is also widely viewed as a creative policy maker. He backed a proposal in October, for instance, for a high school touted as a haven for gay and bullied youth. Backers later pulled their proposal, saying they wanted to spend another year to finalize their plans. Duncan himself has heralded his district's performance, citing better supported mathematics, science and literacy curricula, as well as changes that offered students more opportunities to study in the afternoons, summers and weekends. He said in a statement posted on the district's Web site that the goal had been to make Chicago 'the premier urban school system in America.' Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has been so pleased with Duncan's performance that, even before the presidential election, he said he hoped then-candidate Obama would not take Duncan to Washington if he won."

Said Duncan in October: "If you look at national studies, you see gay and lesbian students with high dropout rates…Studies show they are disproportionately homeless. I think there is a niche there we need to fill."

If you'll remember, Bush's Education Secretary Margaret Spellings spent her first day on the job baring her teeth at lesbian mothers. A new day has come.

Press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Bravo! Duncan was right and Mayor Daly was totally wrong about the refuge school intended to rescue the educations of LGBT kids traumatized by constant bullying [if it's never happened to you, shut up].

    While I hope to see more out gays at high levels in the administration than just Nancy Sutley, named yesterday as chairwoman of Obama's Council on Environmental Quality, the second best thing is nongays with track records of supporting equality and fairness for LGBTs.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Dec 16, 2008 5:11:20 PM

  2. i feel very strongly with regards to entities like the gay-friendly high school in illinois. i am eternally grateful that when i was 13 my parents took me out of the public school i'd been attending and enrolled me first, in a private alternative school (very hippy dippy, run out of some guy's house, completely open curriculm, etc.) and, the following year, into a public alternative school. neither of these institutions was specifically gay but the second school was very gay friendly and i was able to come out at 16 (in 1976!).

    anyhow, i consider myself very lucky that i was able to attend that sort of school because if i hadn't, i would most likely have ended up a teen suicide statistic and wouldn't be posting this item today.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 16, 2008 5:29:55 PM

  3. @ ALGUIEN

    Right huh? We only have like 3 or 4 in the UK but there's more in Europe. Why don't we have more schools like this??

    A few close friends of mine went to school like these after severe bullying from other kids.

    They are pretty pricey too but what is a price on your life?

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 16, 2008 5:53:10 PM

  4. Total waste of time. The federal dept of education and no child left behind should be abolished. We have the worst education system in the industrialized world and it has only gotten worse since they came into existence.

    Education is and should be a state right and should not be held hostage to federal regulations that impead progress, tie the hands of educators nad produce no improvement in educational standards in almost 29 years!!!

    Posted by: RB | Dec 16, 2008 6:23:19 PM

  5. RB

    Do you also believe in the abolishment of the Smithsonian institute?

    Way back when cons screached about state rights and how the fed shouldn't educate the public, argued that there should be no national museums due to it "educating" the public.

    Tired old arguments. Hell, the same old!!!!!!!!!!!!!! arguments

    State right's would see certain states teaching god's magic finger in the mud pie creationism as vs science, noah's flood as actual history, and segregation returned to schooling.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Dec 16, 2008 6:58:52 PM

  6. @ ALGUIEN

    Right huh? We only have like 3 or 4 in the UK but there's more in Europe. Why don't we have more schools like this??

    A few close friends of mine went to school like these after severe bullying from other kids.

    They are pretty pricey too but what is a price on your life?

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 16, 2008 6:59:40 PM

  7. @jimmyboyo
    the only reason the cons don't want the feds to educate the populace is because they want the people to be stupid enough to believe the bullshit the cons will feed them.

    i agree fully.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 16, 2008 7:47:52 PM

  8. I cant wait until RB's 'Jawrja' educated kids disown their faggot father.

    Posted by: Fuck RB | Dec 16, 2008 9:52:02 PM

  9. Wow, and we say that we are all about acceptance and diversity. Hate shrouded in empty words. Oh, actually that is what you say about the right wingers. You people are no less hate driven and accept diversity no better than the they do! You are just the mirror image of the right. You are just as bad, just as narrow minded and destructive.

    What you do not realize is that most of Americans, me included, live in the real world. The one that falls in the center between the right wing Christians and the left wing nuts. You are no less the fringe group than Westboro Baptist, just in the opposite extreme!

    And to "fuckrb"....grow up. Is it your day off at the Gap and you have nothing else to do?

    Posted by: RB | Dec 17, 2008 9:08:05 AM

  10. Furhter, regardless of the relationship that wish upon my kids and me, they would not speak to you in such a hateful manner. We have raised them to be better and to make better choices than say your parents did "fuckrb".

    Take care

    Posted by: RB | Dec 17, 2008 9:10:45 AM

  11. Jimmyboyo, no where in your post did you respond the facts that I posted.

    - Public education in the US has shown NO improvements since Jimmy Carter created the federal dept of ed in 1979. NONE!

    - No child left behind has created school prisons for students that have no business in a public school. Second chance high school, City of Atlanta, was down the street from my home. Metal detectors, lockers welded shut and police monitored. These students belong in detention centers NOT a school, but we have to spend our tax dollars attempting to educate them.

    We have lofty plans for our education system but they have not worked. I know that you entire existence is tainted by your belief that there is no God. Lord knows that everyone here gets that. However, you are still in the minority of thought. I respect your right to that belief. Many times I feel as though you would not provide me the same courtesy.

    Posted by: RB | Dec 17, 2008 9:17:38 AM

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