Gender Affirming Closet gives Goucher students room to explore

Because clothing is so wrapped up in gender norms, filling a closet can be a struggle for students who identify outside gender binaries, said Summer Rai Torres, Goucher’s assistant director for LGBTQIA+ students. (The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual.) That is why her office launched the Gender Affirming Closet, a two-day event in which students could try on and take home “gender-affirming items” of clothing. (Balt. Sun)

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Bowie's newest councilman has a passion for education

Darian Senn-Carter is Bowie’s newest City Council member, but the title of educator is the one closest to his heart. A professor at Anne Arundel Community College and doctor of education, Senn-Carter has mentored college and high school students and started three scholarships, just a few of the achievements he listed when being interviewed by the city council for the vacant District 3 position this month. “Education, it transforms lives. Its impact transcends lifetimes and is felt from generation to generation. Education provides keys to resources and opportunities, it builds bridges and foundations and it provides pathways even when roads seem to lead to dead ends,” he said. (Blade-News)

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Rod Rosenstein to speak at University of Baltimore law school graduation

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general, will deliver the keynote speech for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s commencement in May. A Bethesda resident and Philadelphia native, Rosenstein served as Maryland’s U.S. attorney for 12 years before he was tapped for the federal position in April 2017 and left his office in Baltimore. During his time in Maryland, Rosenstein oversaw high-profile cases, including charging the Baltimore Police Department’s disgraced Gun Trace Task Force, prosecuting a man in the killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, and indicting dozens of people in prison corruption scandals at the Baltimore City Detention Center and the Eastern Correctional Institution. (Balt. Sun)

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One team, one coach, one season in Baltimore: Trying to change kids' lives through wrestling

On that chilly Saturday morning, before the meet was about to begin, Coach Patrick Coleman pulled his young wrestling team in close. He spoke of hard work, of dedication, of never giving up. The winner’s mindset he always preached. But injuries and suspensions had decimated the ranks of his once-promising squad of 6th, 7th and 8th graders from East Baltimore's Banneker Blake Academy. And the junior league team they were about to face in Montgomery County had been pumping out champions for years. (Balt. Sun)

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Christian student in Maryland loses legal challenge over lesson on Islam

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Maryland high school’s lesson on Islam during world history class didn’t violate a Christian student’s Constitutional rights. News outlets report the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that La Plata High School wasn’t endorsing any particular religion with a lecture on Muslim beliefs during the 2014-2015 school year. While Caleigh Wood received a lower grade for refusing to complete the lesson, it didn’t affect her final grade. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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Frederick Douglass shooting suspect was confronting staffer about disciplining relative, Baltimore police say

The 25-year-old Baltimore man charged in the shooting of a Frederick Douglass High School special education assistant on Friday had come to the school to confront the staffer about disciplining a family member who is a student at the school, according to charging documents. The Baltimore City School Police officer who first responded to the shooting had been called earlier to help the principal deescalate an argument between Neil Davis’ relative and another student about 11:30 a.m., the documents said. Gunshots rang out just outside the office, near the school’s main entrance, while the students were still meeting inside. (Balt. Sun)

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Future 'leaders of the workforce' compete in SkillsUSA regional in Carroll County

The Carroll County Career & Technology Center was quiet around noon Saturday, as the more than 70 participants from Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, and Baltimore counties were knee-deep in their regional SkillsUSA challenges. With categories including electrical engineering, cosmetology, commercial baking, health knowledge and welding, skills students have been developing for the past few years were put to the test. The top three schools at regionals will head to the state competition, and then the winners at the state level will head to Kentucky for nationals. (Balt. Sun)

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Park School settles sex discrimination suit involving male softball coach

Park School of Baltimore will pay $41,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a former male softball coach who says he was let go because the school wanted a female coach instead. The Pikesville private school will also implement a policy prohibiting gender discrimination and provide training on federal anti-discrimination laws, according to a Tuesday news release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the suit. The Park School hired Richard Schneider as head softball coach in the spring of 2014, according to the lawsuit, and renewed his contract in 2015 and 2016. (Balt. Sun)

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