First for June 8, 2018

Education Controversy
A controversy that’s been raging in Delaware education circles over how transgender students are treated in school took a sharp turn last week. That’s when Education Secretary Susan Bunting overruled the task force she appointed to develop a model anti-discrimination policy for schools statewide. Under Bunting’s revision, parents would have to be notified and give their permission before a student can use a different name.

First Person: Animal Sanctuary
The Brandywine Valley SPCA recently announced it intends to buy what used to be the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown and transform it into a rescue and rehab center. Walt Fenstermacher, who heads up BVSPCA’s Delaware operations, stopped by our studio to share more details.

Delaware Wild Lands
The annual Delaware Wetlands Conference was held recently to highlight the risk to our coastal area and the importance of protecting those areas. One risk environmentalists are always looking at involves shorebird migration. There are groups in the First State working hard to preserve this important bird rest stop.

First Experience: The Jazz Painter
Music has the power to inspire. For our First Experience this week we meet an artist who uses jazz music not just to inspire her painting, but as the subject of it. Ellen Priest paints music, interpreting it into color and motion that plays out on multiple levels.

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