Despite a $113 million budget shortfall, the San Francisco school board voted to spend $120,000 on gay issues, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The resolution calls for adding a district position to manage “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning” youth issues. It also requires the district to keep tabs on harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and distribute educational packets every year to parents encouraging them to discuss sexuality, gender identity and safety with their children.
About 13 percent of the city’s middle school students and 11 percent of high school students say they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to a district survey. Gay students are much more likely to say they skip school because they don’t feel safe there.
But all that will change when a new administrator is hired, right?
TeachHub asks: Are gay-friendly schools a good idea? Creating special schools for victims of bullying and harassment assumes it’s impossible to make regular schools safe for vulnerable kids.