The Black Church
From its earliest inception, the Black church in America has been viewed as a dichotomy. Some scholars and historians view the Black church as the foremost institution for creating individual, systemic and political change in the Black community. A safe haven to worship God together and a place to be motivated to build the community. A refuge where social justice could be sought and personal, family and community protection and empowerment encouraged.
Interview with Mayor Gusciora
TNN – Mr. Mayor during your 2018 state of the city address you stated you will be hiring new police recruits’ The Trenton Police & Fire Fighters are concerned about rumors of lay offs..
Mayor Gusciora – The Police & fire Fighters can rest assure there will be no lay offs There are too many unemployed people in Trenton.
Kelly Ganges top 100
Kevin “Kelly” Ganges chief of staff and right-hand to Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes was named as one of the 100 most powerful individuals in the state. Ganges is in complete control of county government in Mercer County and has the complete confident of the County Executive Hughes.
So another little girl is dead
Tuesday, Shaela Johnson was gunned down on Stuyvesant Ave. Two very sick young men shot more than twenty rounds taking her young, beautiful life away.
Now two or three more families and so many friends are left to grieve and wonder why.
We so often forget in our awe, disgust, surprise, anguish, that real people are left behind; mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Entire Online Edition of the November 30th Nubian News
Stop the Killing
Interview with Mayor Gusciora in next edition
Sam Frisby’s 50th Birthday
The November 9th Edition of The Nubian News
Get out and Vote, Tuesday, November 6th
EL AMOR DE LA MADRE ES INCONDICIONAL
White Woman Calls Police on Nine Year Old Black Boy She Falsely Accused of Groping Her
POETRY IS OUT ALL NIGHT IN TRENTON
October 26th Online Edition of The Nubian News
Nearly 50m Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts, Facebook revealed on Friday.“
Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures,” said the US senator Mark Warner in a statement. “This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users.”
Facebook shares fell about 3% following the disclosure.
Source: Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach
In Rwanda, industry analysis estimates
that roughly 70% of the population have a cell phone, yet only 18% have access to electricity, according to the World Bank
Sketching the first design on a piece of paper, the entrepreneur devised a solar-powered kiosk that can be towed by bicycle and provides simultaneous charging for up to 80 phones.
Source: This solar-powered cart can charge 80 phones at once – CNN
TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT
I am taking this opportunity to send this message to clarify the confusion surrounding the Superintendent’s 2017-2018 Merit Award process. The annual evaluation of the Superintendent is made up of two components; performance against the district’s goals, and performance against merit goal targets. The process of evaluating School Superintendents is not unique to Trenton but occurs in every school district across the State of New Jersey. Each of these components are established at the beginning of each school year in collaboration and negotiation between the Board of Education and the Superintendent. As it relates to Dr. McDowell, the Superintendent of the Trenton School District, the district goals and merit goals were established in September of 2017. The merit goals were approved by the Trenton School Board and then subsequently accepted and approved by the Mercer County Office of Education. The evaluation of the Superintendent’s performance against the merit targets was completed on Monday, September 24, 2018.
I think it is important that concerned residents and partners understand the process of Superintendent Evaluation. The evaluation of the Superintendent’s district goal performance was completed prior to July 1, 2018. The Superintendent’s performance against the established district goals is divided into two parts;
Superintendent Evaluation Compilation Part I (District Goals) and
Superintendent Evaluation Compilation Part II (Standards of Leadership). The standards associated with Part II are:
Standard I – Mission, Vision and Core Values;
Standard II – Governance, Ethics and Professional Norms;
Standard III – Operations Management;
Standard IV – Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and School Improvement;
Standard V – Community of Care, Equity and Family Engagement;
Standard VI – Professional Capacity/Community of School District Personnel
The establishment of merit goals was defined in the Superintendent’s contract of employment and were aligned with the district goals. The possible total payout is established at the beginning of the process and the goals are divided into 5 key areas; three quantitative goals and two qualitative goals. In each of the goal areas, the percentage is based on the evidence associated with the attainment. During the review and discussion of the Superintendent’s performance the Board spent nearly 90 minutes of rigorous review and inquiry before approving. We must keep in mind, that not only was evidence produced for the merit goals, the evidence from the district goals also contributes to the decision-making process because the merit goals are aligned to the district goals.
The performance review of the Superintendent of Schools is the most rigorous of any district employee. This is unlike the majority of district employees, where raises are determined by the level attained within “salary guide”. Because the Superintendent’s job is crucial to the success of the district as a whole, it is only appropriate that his performance is evaluated in such a manner. Dr. McDowell has spent one year in the Trenton school district which is still considered a low performing district and has numerous challenges even though the QSAC scores have gone from a low of 27% in the area of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016-2017, to 61% in 2017-2018. There has been continued improvement in both reading and math scores; overall improvement of students in PARCC; the rehiring of 65 Paraprofessionals and there has been much more parent, community and stakeholder engagement via townhalls and strategic planning sessions. The district is now in compliance with the Amistad legislation (Bill A1301) that was passed in 2002. The district has gone from being totally privatized as it relates to transportation to now the district owning 21 buses (eleven 54 passenger, nine 24 passenger and 1 wheelchair assessible). Additionally, the City’s freshman high school students now attend a brand-new state of the art 9th Grade Academy.
There is still much work to be done in the area of Special Education and a report developed by an independent reviewer has outlined the areas of deficiency in that department. There is a lack of adherence to processes, policies and procedure. Staff will now be held accountable at every level to ensure a high quality of service to these most vulnerable children and their families. In a recent discussion there was discussion about poor communication and the need to establish service level agreements to ensure appropriate response times to phone calls and email inquiries. The district has currently of culture of no accountability, no sense of urgency and a sense of entitlement; the only people that should be entitled are our students. There is even in some instances intentional and unintentional sabotaging of progress because the is a lack of understanding of the connectiveness of the work and no comprehension of the importance of systems thinking. During Dr. McDowell’s tenure as Superintendent, the Board has received detailed weekly updates and the Superintendent publishes monthly updates after Board meetings with the latter being shared with broader networks. All in an effort to share what is actually taking place in Trenton Public Schools separate and apart from the noise. The Superintendent has also established multiple advisory councils and committees to help inform the direction of the school district. There was an unfounded vote of no confidence against the Superintendent and the Board President. Change is never easy, but we must be resolve in our efforts to transform the district, because the status quo is unacceptable and the children of Trenton deserve better.
As a concerned citizen, I reject individuals playing divisive politics with the future of the children of Trenton because of the high poverty rates that exist, and the volume of people without hope wandering aimlessly in the streets of Trenton is because the school system has historically failed them. In my nearly two-year tenure as a member of the Trenton Board of Education, I have worked with three Superintendents and had multiple board members resign due to the toxic culture causing me to issue this statement. The lack of consistent and sustained district leadership contributes to the problems that we have experienced. Transformation is uncomfortable for some and downright painful for others. We are interested in working with any and all solution-minded community members. Anything less serves as a distraction and contributes to the dysfunction that keeps the school district from making progress and the great City of Trenton from rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. As a City of Trenton resident, I choose to be part of the solution and work collaboratively towards total transformation.
Cancer Walk October 13th, Cadwalader Park
Interview with Dr. George Pruitt, past president of Thomas Edison State University
35th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev Clemson Leach of Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church
September 28th Online Edition of The Nubian News
Murphy Vetos Bill to Exempt Hair Braiders from Cosmetology Licensing Requirement
In another shocking decision for the Black community, Gov. Murphy has conditionally vetoed a bill
Bethea Seeks Trenton-Based State Assembly Seat
Full on-line Edition of The Nubian News
You may question, how do I protect my children and keep them aware at the same time? You do this by infusing their life with culture, giving them a strong sense of self, teaching them about how strong our people are, and by teaching them to be proud of every inch of who they are. Show them positive Black images in books, Black people who are accomplishing great things, take them to African-American museums and talk about what you saw, and then tell them why they are great too. You have to build up their positive sense of self because there will be plenty of people in this world who will try to tear them down. They cannot do that if you have built a strong foundation.
Source: Helping Your Child To Navigate A Racist World
This is the April 20th Edition of The Nubian News. In this issue we delve into the city council candidates. May 8th is the City election. Trentonians will elect three council people at-large and four ward representatives. This is an extremely important election for Trenton. TNN has kept a close eye on the candidates. Some of the candidates have taken a wide berth around The Nubian News. They haven’t responded to our questionnaires and have spent none of their advertising money with us. There are few Black businesses which deal in advertising. If they are not spending their ad dollars with TNN they probably are not spending those dollars with Black businesses. However in our last issue before the election we will look into their spending and report back to the community. If these candidates do not invest in our community they don’t deserve our vote.
Link to the online edition of the April 20, 2018 The Nubian News