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(CBS) In New York, a group of educators is trying to get a charter high school for pregnant girls and teenage parents off the ground.

The New York Post reports that, if approved, the New Directions Charter HS would open in 2012 and eventually enroll more than 300 boys and girls. The school would provide free, on-site daycare and would serve the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. The school would be run by the Faith Assemblies of God Church.

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Nonprofit consultant Jacquelyn Wideman, who submitted the charter application with the Faith Assemblies of God Church, told the paper, students would avoid difficulties of regular school environments.

"There's a lot of stigmatization," Wideman said. "The goal is for them to perform at the same optimum level as regular high schools."

The newspaper pointed out a similar attempt to educate young parents in separate high schools was abandoned by New York in 2007 because of poor attendance and low credit accumulation among students.