Stop the Killing
Interview with Mayor Gusciora in next edition
Sam Frisby’s 50th Birthday
Stop the Killing
Interview with Mayor Gusciora in next edition
Sam Frisby’s 50th Birthday
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
Climate Change Impacts Our Lives
The Persecution and Assassination of Bill Cosby
A man in obvious mental distress instead of being assisted by police swore to protect and serve, was viciously attacked by the police and their k9 dog.
The unidentified man repeatedly saying “water, water, water” was subjected to a brutal display of force at the hands of Trenton police officers. It seems everyone else in the video realized the man was impaired in some way, everyone except the police who only seemed to see some type of dangerous animal.
What seems to be a common occurrence in police videos the officer was heard saying “stop resisting, stop resisting” as though this were his excuse to commit mayhem on this deranged man’s person.
And that’s what they did. The officer allowed his k9 dog partner to attack and bite the man even though he was in mental distress. Even while the k9 dog is biting him the victim still only said “water, water, water”.
Who in his right mind wouldn’t recognize the man’s mental distress after all of this. Everyone did, except the police officers. They continued to operate under the assumption the man was criminal and not deranged. How pitiful.
Then to make matters worse the officer is seen abusing the k9 who clearly not under his command or control.
It will be of much interest seeing how the police director and mayor respond to this assault by what in a long distant past used to be looked on as Trenton’s finest.
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
Not since Afrikan Peoples Action School (APAS) has there been such excellence in education.
Sprout U. School of the Arts, coincidentally occupying the same building as APAS did years ago, presented The Lion King and their kids seemed like seasoned professionals.
Danielle Miller-Winrow the head mistress has put together a staff and associates, including Ms. Sarah Dash, of the Supremes fame, which is faithful to kids they teach. This staff works with these children, imparting to them confidence, a health work ethic and persistence to see the job through to it’s completion. “These kids are locked in and dedicated”, said Mao’dreh Mal in a facebook post.
We Remember Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson
At 10:22 am on the morning of September 15, 1963 11-year old Denise McNair, and 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson along with some 200 members of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama were attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service when a bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls. More than 20 people were injured from the blast. The bodies of Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson were found beneath the rubble in the basement murdered by white supremacists terrorists.
14-year-old Nakia Venant allegedly broadcast her death on Facebook Live.
It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves.
The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts.
Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services.
According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children.
For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
If you are a business owner and/or aspiring entrepreneur, the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) wants you to know about the many programs and incentives available to help your business grow and thrive.
You are invited to join BAC Executive Director Melanie Willoughby for an event Wednesday, September 12th to discuss how these incentives and programs can help you, and how you can take advantage of them.
Joining Willoughby will be representatives of the state agencies involved, including the Economic Development Authority, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Department of the Treasury, the State Library, Board of Public Utilities, Small Business Development Center and others. These representatives will be available for one-on-one discussions at the meeting.
This program is organized by the New Jersey Business Action Center, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and our MIDJersey Chamber. Hosted by The College of New Jersey.
Registration begins at 2:00 pm
Programs runs from 2:30 pm until 5:30 pm
Did you know …
This is an official statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the passing of legendary singer and activist Aretha Franklin, who departed this life on August 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit.
It is with great pain and sorrow that we reflect on and mourn the loss of this magnificent woman of extreme value. Her value is not only the beautiful gift of her voice, but also the sweetness of her soul, and the deep sensitivity that was her gift, to feel the hurt and pain throughout the world.