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Smart Talk: PA schools and transgender directive; Baltimore officer acquitted

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 24, 2016 9:00 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

A federal directive was issued earlier this month to provide protection from discrimination for transgender students in American schools.  Many have focused solely on which restrooms transgender students may use, but the order goes beyond the bathroom issue, touching upon privacy rights, education records and sex-segregated athletics, giving transgender students the right to identify in school as they choose. 

Tuesday's Smart Talk explores two aspects of the issue. 

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress, an LGBT organization for young people, has launched a project called Dignity for All that includes guidelines for schools to adopt.

Jason Landau Goodman, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, appears on the program.

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Jason Landau Goodman

Meanwhile, nearly a hundred Pennsylvania Republican state lawmakers have written a letter to President Obama objecting to the federal directive designed to protect transgender students against discrimination.  

Republican State Representative Sheryl Delozier of Cumberland County is of those who signed the letter to the president and she joins us on Smart Talk.

Finally, a Baltimore police officer was acquitted Monday in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray last year.

WBAL radio reporter and former WITF Radio Pennsylvania State Capitol reporter Robert Lang provides some insight to us.


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