An all-girls charter school would immerse students in math, science, and technology to prepare them for careers often dominated by men, under a plan approved by the Chicago school board in December.

The proposal for the Young Women's Leadership Charter School—to be housed at the Illinois Institute of Technology—is one the most "innovative charter school plans we have ever seen," school board president Gery Chico said.

The school would open next fall with sixth and ninth graders and expand over three years to accommodate 500 students in sixth through 12th grades. When fully developed, the school would require...

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