Guest Column

April 29, 2021

Healthy Schools Now is a coalition of more than 75 organizations representing a diverse set of stakeholders, including public school advocates, parents, social justice, faith leaders, and environmentalists dedicated to ensuring all New Jersey children and school employees learn and work in safe, ...

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After much to-do, the Paterson Education Association (PEA) was finally permitted to exercise its right under law to conduct safety walkthroughs of all district buildings on April 21 & 22.  While we did not expect to find everything in perfect working order, we were shocked at the level of ...

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Like millions of Americans across the nation, my colleagues and I at NJCDC have watched the trial of Derek Chauvin with great interest—and great horror—over the last several weeks. It has, at times, been a heart-wrenching experience as witness after witness recounted the abject brutality of what ...

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In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and ...

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“We are tired of funerals and memorials” Sheila Oliver, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor April 20 marks the grim 22nd anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. 12 students and one teacher were murdered and an additional 21 people were injured by gunshots. Another 3 people ...

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This moment in educational history is unlike any other. Over the last year, families have faced incredible personal and economic hardships, while children nationwide, especially our most vulnerable, have struggled academically and emotionally.  The complex question facing America as we recover ...

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Springtime has now brought us a renewed spirit and hope as we look forward to the months ahead when we will begin to see each other again in person for community events and activities. Throughout the month of April, we are celebrating National Donate Life Month! This is our time to encourage ...

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Some Americans live comfortably and unconsciously understanding that their behaviors, attitudes and utterances are supported by systems that will judge and treat them fairly.  These individuals do not fear that their existence threatens other individuals and communities.  They do not fear that ...

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First and foremost, I hope this finds you well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. There is no doubt this has been a difficult year, and we know the Paterson community has seen more than its share of loved ones affected by the pandemic. It is for precisely this reason the Paterson Education ...

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According to the Governor's office, almost 2.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered throughout New Jersey (as of March 10).  Of that number, about 900,000 people are fully vaccinated.  At the beginning of February, my family got our first shot of the COVID vaccine and now, we are ...

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Minority communities historically have had mixed feelings about vaccinations, due to events in history such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. In this "study", which took place in the 1930s, 600 African American men were studied on the effect of untreated Syphilis. They were divided into two ...

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The Renaissance artist of the 15th Century, Leonardo da Vinci said: “Water is the driving force of all nature.”1 Six centuries later, scientists still hold da Vinci’s opinion and have fleshed out more details on this most amazing substance.  How can such a seemingly simple molecule (H2O, 2 atoms ...

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As New Jersey’s college and university presidents of color, we share a duty to be advocates for knowledge, truth, equity and humanity. We have come together collectively to encourage our fellow members of Black and brown communities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. We ...

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Most of the people I know had a great sense of relief and renewed hope when 2020 ended. I am confident that I am not alone in saying it was one of the most challenging years of my life. Of course, the elephant in the room was the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were other issues that made the year ...

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