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    Online GLBTQ High School first of it’s kind

    Date: 08.17.09 | by Judge Tom.

    For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning teenagers, regular school may be a place of torture. Many students experience bullying, physical assault and exclusion.

    The Minnesota Department of Education has appointed it’s first online learning coordinator. The program’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming educational environment for gay students and any others wishing to attend. Teachers reportedly get to know their students better than face-to-face contact because they interact more often online or by telephone.

    Photo by A Girl and Her Camera (Flickr)

    GLBTQ Online will open it’s virtual doors in January, 2010 with courses that meet national criteria and earn an accredited high school diploma. The curriculum will also be gay friendly – without negative messages and will highlight gay historical figures.

    Students will interact with instructors through videos, chats, graphics,  phone calls and some real-time meetings. They’ll work at their own pace year round. The school has received applications from students across the country and faculty worldwide.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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