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March 22, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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Almost a Year But No Police Director

It been nearly a year since new Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora was elected to his post and so far there is still there has been no one named to be the City’s Police Director.
On Wednesday, members of a broad range of organizations and community leaders came out to address that situation.
Rev. John Harris, Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church and Rev. John Taylor, Pastor Friendship Baptist Church lead this group as they pushed the mayor to make a selection.
They brought forth the name of John Day, a retired State Police Lieutenant, for the position.
Rev. Harris said we needed new leadership in the City. He said Mr. Day was the best candidate because he “knows how to reach into the community”.

Sit Down with Mayor Gusciora

By Bernard Shabazz
TNN – When will Trenton Central High open and when will parents and citizens be allowed a walk through of the new school building?
Mayor – The high school is scheduled to open this fall. We just had Principal Grant here to talk about the various academies. We’re gonna bring back Vo-tech, and have Stem Project Science Technology and Hospitality Academy there.
Students will learn skills in the hospitality industry and food production as well as the academic track.

RECONOCIMIENTO A LAS MUJERES LATINAS

Por Carlos Avila
TRENTON –Con el fin de resaltar la importante labor que realiza la organización Latinas Unidas para el Empoderamiento Político (LUPE), las senadoras Nellie Pou, la Senadora M. Teresa Ruiz y la Senadora Nilsa Cruz-Pérez, presentaron una resolucion en el marco del mes dedicado a la mujer.
“Todos los días, LUPE educa, involucra y capacita a las latinas a través de todo Nueva Jersey para que se presenten, se postulen para cargos públicos y, en su esencia, se fortalezcan y se mantengan activas en nuestra democracia”, dijo la Senadora Pou (D-Bergen/Passaic).

Have You Seen Us?

By Tangela Wright
Congratulations to all the women being celebrated this month.
But, let us recognize another group of women that exists in the shadows of the community. We are the women of Auto Clubs and Social Clubs. Allow me to take this time to introduce you to a few of the women who continue to support the village in which we live.

They Are Our Brothers and Sisters Too

By Al Alatunji
The families, men, women and children attempting to immigrate across our southern border are our brothers and our sisters. They have come to the United States like so many others before them seeking a better life. They too seek freedom, justice and equality. They too seek a better day for their children and their children’s children. They are our brothers and sisters, and we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

¿Está en peligro la paz en Colombia?

por Laura Lucia Rodríguez Peña
Colombia atraviesa un momento decisivo en su historia, pues se encuentra en el tránsito entre las negociaciones de los acuerdos de paz a la implementación de los mismos. Para judicializar a los grupos armados que entregaron las armas, reparar a las víctimas y reconstruir el tejido social en todo el país, se crearon tres instituciones que son el pilar de la justicia transicional en Colombia, estas son: la Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de la Verdad (CEV), la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) y la Unidad de Búsqueda de Personas dadas por Desaparecidas (UBPD).

Nubian News Book Review

by Terri Schlichenmeyer
“You Can’t Go Wrong Doing Right:
How a Child of Poverty Rose to the White House and Helped Change the World”
by Robert J. Brown

XTREME WORLD MUSIC

By Shakur Towns
LaMar Rice is the owner of Xtreme World Music a record label right here in Trenton, NJ.
LaMar started his company last year. He began his foray into the music industry as a manager of artists. He started out with one artist. “We were doing so good, that other artists came up to me and said, ‘hey could you manage me, too?’ So, I decided to start a management company called Xtreme Music Management.”

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November 30th Edition of The Nubian News

Highlights:

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.

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Statement from Trenton Board of Education President – Gene Bouie

TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
Gene Bouie
Board President
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.

August 31, 2018 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

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Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

The disproportionate discipline of African-American students has been extensively documented; yet the reasons for those disparities are less well understood. Drawing upon one year of middle-school disciplinary data for an urban school district, we explored three of the most commonly offered hypotheses for disproportionate discipline based on gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Racial and gender disparities in office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions were somewhat more robust than socioeconomic differences. Both racial and gender differences remained when controlling for socioeconomic status. Finally, although evidence emerged that boys engage more frequently in a broad range of disruptive behavior, there were no similar findings for race. Rather, there appeared to be a differential pattern of treatment, originating at the classroom level, wherein African-American students are referred to the office for infractions that are more subjective in interpretation. Implications for teacher training and structural reform are explored.” This was published 12/2002, (It’s been going on forever. The system is taking very few steps to stop it.) The Urban Review

Source: Government watchdog report finds racial disparities in school discipline practices

New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for “digestible” fiction.

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.

Books like Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Teju Cole’s “Open City”, Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” and Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions. The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.

Source: New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned!

Daughter: “He kept snapping my bra. I asked him to stop but he didn’t, so I told Mr. [Teacher]. He told me to ‘ignore it.’  [Boy] did it again and undid my bra so I hit him. Then he stopped.”

(I turn to the teacher.) Me: “You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers.”

Teacher: “What?! No!”

Me: “Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on Mrs. [Advisor]’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her. Or on that boy’s . . .

Source: School Blames Girl For Punching Boy Who Snapped Her Bra, Her Mother’s Logic Left Them Stunned! – Indiatimes.com

MCCC, Rutgers-Camden sign nursing agreement to save students $20K

The agreement allows students to stay at Mercer County Community College for a third year before transferring to Rutgers-Camden saving them $20,000. Earlier this week Thomas Edison and MCCC also sealed a deal to help the nursing students.

Source: MCCC, Rutgers-Camden sign nursing agreement to save students $20K

Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem

This uncritical scapegoating of the Vodou religion (called Santeria in Cuba and Candomblé in Brazil) as the source of Haiti’s problems is typical amongst Catholics and their evangelical Christian counterparts. It implies that Christianity provides you not only with enlightenment from your backwards ways, but financial gains…I guess Italy and Greece just haven’t been praying hard enough!
Source: Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem – EBONY

How much surgeons, lawyers and 18 other top-earning pros make per hour

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In some states, however, employees not covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act earn as little as $5.15.

Source: How much surgeons, lawyers and 18 other top-earning pros make per hour