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A new kind of school

The week's news at a glance.

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New York City officials announced this week that they would be opening the nation’s first public high school for gay, bisexual, and transgender students. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the school would be a welcome sanctuary for kids who “have been constantly harassed and beaten in other schools. It lets them get an education without having to worry.” About 100 students are expected to enroll this fall at Harvey Milk High School, named after San Francisco’s first openly gay city supervisor, who was assassinated in 1978. Mike Long, chairman of the state Conservative Party, said it was ridiculous to separate gay and straight students. “Is there a different way to teach homosexuals? Is there gay math?”

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