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The first stand-alone public high school for homosexuals in New York City will open this fall with 100 “gay” students.
According to a report in the New York Post, the new Harvey Milk High School currently is undergoing a $3.2 million publicly funded renovation. The homosexuals-only program has operated with just two classrooms for two decades, but now is expanding.
The Hetrick-Martin Institute, a “gay”-rights group, is helping to finance the new school, the report said.
According to the new principal, William Salzman, Harvey Milk High School – named for the slain homosexual politician from San Francisco – will specialize in computer technology, arts and a culinary program.
“This school will be a model for the country and possibly the world,” Salzman told the Post. “This is a not a touchy-feely situation. We intend to have 95 percent of our students go on to college. We have a lot of talent coming into the school. We want to steer these kids in the right direction.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was enthusiastic about the new school.
“Everybody feels that it’s a good idea because some of the kids who are gays and lesbians have been constantly harassed and beaten in other schools and this lets them get an education without having to worry,” Bloomberg told reporters at his daily briefing today.
New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long blasted the idea of a separate school for homosexual students.
“What next? Maybe we should have schools for chubby kids who get picked on. Maybe all kids who wear glasses should have special schools. It’s ridiculous,” he said, according to the paper.
Long also decried the use of public funds to renovate the school.
According to the Post, Arthur Larsen graduated from the program last month as valedictorian and is thrilled with the school’s expansion.
“I’m now an alumnus of a real school!” he told the paper. “There’s going to be more students. In four years, I want to work here.”
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