Gay High School Nixed By Daley

11/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mayor Daley on Thursday put the brakes on the Chicago Board of Education's controversial plan to open the city's first high school serving gay and lesbian students.

One day after his handpicked school board put off a vote on the School for Social Justice Pride Campus, Daley explained why -- by expressing his misgivings.

"You have to look at whether or not you isolate and segregate children. A holistic approach has always been to have children of all different backgrounds-- in schools. When you start isolating children and you say, 'Only 50 percent here, 40 percent here' -- same thing we went through with the disabled -- then you want to do that when they're adults," Daley said.

"It's controversial. Some people are for it. Some are against it-- The Board of Education has to make the decision whether it's good for isolating children. I don't know-- I'm just saying that's one of the problems-- You start identifying them."

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