The San Francisco Unified School District is strengthening its program to combat discrimination against gay and lesbian students.

The school board on Tuesday night approved a resolution to guarantee $62,000 in funding for its anti-discrimination program, even though the district faces a $113 million budget shortfall over the next two years.

 

The original resolution called for $120,000 but was scaled back due to its district's financial troubles.

The measures provides funding to maintain the district's existing program, which includes an anti-discrimination curriculum at all grade levels and a Web site to help educators. The program is now funded through grants.

District officials say gay and lesbian students are more likely to be bullied, skip school out of fear and attempt suicide.

 

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