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{COVER P 6 - 7
• Black Women are Increasingly in
Charge of Upstate School Districts
{local P 3 - 4
• Syracuse school district
hires two new administrators, transfers
three vice principals
• New Marriott to open in Armory Square
• Paddlers mark 400-year-old Iroquois-
Dutch pact
• Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little
Statues May Come to Syracuse New
Football Facility
• Roberts: “I will fght to maintain
mental health services in Central New
• Doctors nearly took organs from
a woman mistakenly thinking she was
{state P 5
• Federal settlement in NY disability
• NY recovers $1.1B in life insurance
• NY to overhaul state psychiatric care
• The Gabriella Calhoun Police Beating
– “Negroes in a Barrel” Police Work at
It’s Best

By Dr. Boyce Watkins
• Limiting Women’s Rights

By Julianne Malveaux
In This Issue:
Jazz in the City Concert Series
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursdays in August from 7 to 9
pm Hot fun in the neighborhoods
with the best in natonal and
regional talent, food, drink and
merchandise! Visit www.cnyjazz.
org/jazz-in-the-city for details.
Dancing Under The Stars
Time: 7:00pm-10;00pm
Locaton: Sunnycrest Ice Rink
If you like jazz, swing and big band
music and if you like to dance,
you’ll love Dancing Under the
Stars, a tme-honored summertme
traditon in Syracuse, featuring the
music of the Stan Colella Orchestra,
under the directon of Len Colella.
Bring your friends, your families,
your lawn chairs, a picnic dinner,
and of course, your dancing shoes.
Free admission.
Cycle in the City
Time: 9:00am
Locaton: City of Syracuse Parks
& Recreaton, 412 Spencer St.,
Syracuse, NY
Join us for FREE guided bicycle
rides through Syracuse on Sundays
May 19, June 9, July 14, August 11,
September 8, and October 6. Rides
start at 9:00 a.m. No registraton is
required - just meet up in the back
parking lot at City of Syracuse Parks
& Recreaton, 412 Spencer Street.
Rides are 10 miles. Routes will be
posted the week before each ride
at ongov.net/health Riders must be
age 12 or older. Bring your helmet.
Questons? Call 315-435-3280.
Pops in The Park
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Locaton: Upper Onondaga Park,
Roberts Avenue
The Onondaga Park Gazebo, next
to Hiawatha Lake, is the perfect
setng for your family and friends
to enjoy a variety of musical styles
from blues to Motown to pops , in
this four-week series. July 9 – Super
Delinquents; July 16 – Sof Spoken;
July 23 – FabCats; July 30 – The Stan
Colella Orchestra. Free admission.
Zumba in the Square
Time: 12:15-12:45
Locaton: Clinton Square
Exercise class at Clinton Square
on Wednesdays during the lunch
High-energy music will keep the
partcipants going during this
half-hour program. The classes
are ofered FREE OF CHARGE as a
collaboratve efort of the City of
Syracuse Parks Dept., Metro Fitness
and THRIVE magazine.
Jazz in the City Concert Series
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Hot fun in the neighborhoods
with the best in natonal and
regional talent, food, drink and
merchandise! Visit www.cnyjazz.
org/jazz-in-the-city for details.
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Paddlers mark
400-year-old Iroquois-Dutch pact
The 400th anniversary of an
agreement between the Iroquois and
Dutch setlers in upstate New York is
kicking of with a paddling expediton
to Albany and New York City.
Members of the Onondaga Naton and
others are launching the frst leg of a
trip that will carry a replica of the Two
Row Wampum to the state capital on
July 14 and the United Natons later
this month.
The paddlers will begin at the
Onondaga Creek south of Syracuse
on Tuesday and there will be a
festval celebratng the anniversary at
Onondaga Lake Park.
Jon Parmenter, an associate professor
of history at Cornell University, says the
Iroquois recorded the agreement with
a belt of shell beads in parallel strips
representng the Dutch ships and heir
canoes traveling the same path.
New Marriott to open in Armory Square
Downtown Syracuse will be welcoming
a new hotel into Amory Square July 30.
The Marriot Courtyard Residence
Inn, located on the corner of Franklin
and West Fayete, which used to be a
parking lot, will now have seven stories
complete with 180 rooms.
The hotel is the frst combined
Courtyard-Residence Inn Marriot
Hotel built in the northeast.
An onsite restaurant, bar, indoor pool
and meetng rooms will be a part of
the $30 million project.
Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little
Statues May Come to Syracuse New Football Facility
By Delani Weaver
Syracuse is in the process designing a
new indoor football practce facility.
The potental look and design was
revealed Tuesday night.
Though the estmated $17 million
facility is stll in design mode, there
is talks of certain elements being
constructed to add to the visual appeal
of the new facility.
Statues of football legends Jim Brown,
Ernie Davis and Floyd Litle being
added outside the facility are being
discussed according to assistant
director for planning at Syracuse Steve
There is already a statue Davis near
the Carrier Dome. Nothing has been
said if Davis’ statue will be moved to
new facility or if a new statue will be
built in his honor.
Whether or not the facility will be
completed before preseason practce
starts for Syracuse in 2014 is stll in
Ernie Davis was the frst African
American athlete to win the Heisman
Trophy in 1961 while atending
Syracuse University. He died of
leukemia before his frst pro football
game in 1963.
Floyd Litle was the only three tme
All American running back at Syracuse
University and the frst ever frst round
draf pick to sign with the Denver
Broncos where he was known as “The
Best known for his record setng
nine year running back career with
the Cleveland Browns, Jim Brown is
considered the greatest pro football
player of all tme. He has won several
awards including three tme NFL MVP
and three tme Pro Bowl MVP.
Ernie Davis [top] Floyd Litle [L] and Jim Brown [R]
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Federal settlement in NY disability discrimination
New York parks worker who says he
was denied a promoton because
he has vision in only one eye will be
ofered the job, along with $22,000
in back pay and interest, under a
setlement announced by the U.S.
Justce Department.
The consent decree fled in federal
court in Bufalo Wednesday resolves
the government’s civil complaint
on behalf of Erie County employee
Timothy Slawek under the Americans
with Disabilites Act. The complaint
against Erie County says Slawek, a
maintenance worker, was passed
over for promoton in 2009 because
his vision prevents him from getng a
commercial driver’s license required in
the job postng.
Erie County has disputed the
allegatons. The county admits no
wrongdoing in the setlement, which
must be approved by the court.
Roberts: “I will fight to maintain
mental health services in Central New York”
State Assemblymember Sam Roberts
is vowing to fght to keep open a
psychiatric facility that is scheduled to
be shut down by the state.
According to a plan released
Wednesday by the state Ofce of
Mental Health, the 30-bed inpatent
unit for children and teenagers
at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in
Syracuse will be moved to the Mohawk
Valley Psychiatric Center in Utca.
“Unfortunately, the Ofce of Mental
Health’s plan… has the potental to
disrupt these critcal services and
create adverse afects on the patents
and families who rely on the center,”
Roberts said in a statement to media.
“Forcing these young individuals to
travel farther from home and their
loved ones to seek treatment is an
added burden that they should not be
subjected to.”
The changes, part of a sweeping
reconfguraton of New York State’s
mental health system, were outlined
in a document issued by New York
State’s Ofce of Mental Health.
“It was important to the Ofce of
Mental Health to bring our message
to you and to hear your thoughts.
Over the past few months I met with
over 30 communites, members
of the Legislature and each of our
labor unions to explain the forces
of change that are upon the mental
health system. Health care reform,
managed care, the Americans with
Disabilites Act–Olmstead decision,
budget challenges at all levels of
government and a movement to
address the premature death of those
with serious mental illness will drive
dramatc change with or without us,”
explained Actng Commissioner Kristn
M. Woodlock.
The plan, expected to save the state
$20 million, will include merger of
Hutchings, the Greater Binghamton
Health Center and the Mohawk Valley
Psychiatric Center to form the Empire
Upstate Regional Center of Excellence,
extending from the Pennsylvania
state line to the Canadian border. Two
inpatent campuses will be created,
one at Hutchings serving 185 adults
and one at Mohawk Valley in Utca
serving 75 youths.
Sources say no employee layofs are
expected. It is antcipated that workers
will be retrained and given opportunity
to transfer to other state agencies or
acquire employment in outpatent
Changes at Hutchings are expected to
take place in 2014-2015.
“Although layofs are not a part of
the released plan, it remains to be
seen what impact these closures will
actually have. I will contnue to study
the afects of this plan and work with
local and state ofcials to save these
services that have demonstrated to be
valuable to our community,” Roberts
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
in Syracuse was fned $6,000 afer
doctors nearly harvested organs from
a woman in 2009 despite warning
signs she wasn’t dead.
The 41-year-old opened her eyes as
she was being prepared for surgery by
doctors who told her family she was
dead afer a drug overdose.
Relatves agreed to take her of life
support and allow the donaton.
Records document a series of
missteps, including doctors ignoring
nurses’ observatons the woman was
responding to stmuli and trying to
breathe on her own. The surgery was
called of when she opened her eyes.
The woman recovered.
The Syracuse hospital says it has
modifed its policies.
Doctors nearly took organs from
a woman mistakenly thinking she was dead
State Assemblymember Sam Roberts
Two new central ofce administrators
along with the transfer of three
vice principals were approved last
Wednesday by the Syracuse school
A new positon, the talent management
coordinator was given to Kelly
Manard. With a salary of $80,000,
Manard will be working with district
principals to decide what optons are
best for struggling teachers to develop
professionally by advising principals to
complete teacher evaluatons.
Jennifer Richardson, who was
previously director of state legislatve
afairs for the New York City
Department of Educaton, was hired
as director of educator efectveness in
the Ofce of Talent Management. This
is grant funded positon for one year
where she will manage the district’s
compliance in completng teacher and
principal evaluatons.
Both administrators will start their
new jobs on July 22.
Kharon Bell, vice principal at
Notngham High School was approved
to be transfered to vice principal of
Frazer K-8 School. A. James Natoli
from vice principal of Danforth Middle
School will be transferred to vice
principal of Henninger High School,
and Marie Whelan from vice principal
at Hughes K-8 to vice principal at
Danforth Middle School.
Syracuse school district hires
two new administrators, transfers three vice principals
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NY to overhaul
state psychiatric care
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York ofcials
plan to overhaul the state’s psychiatric
services over the next four years by
consolidatng 24 inpatent hospitals
statewide into 15 regional centers
and establishing more than two dozen
outpatent service hubs.
The consolidaton plan released by the
Ofce of Mental Health on Wednesday
begins in 2014 and is expected to save
$20 million the frst year. The state
spends about $6.6 billion, including
federal funds, annually on mental
health treatment.
New York opened its frst asylum
175 years ago, and it’s tme to
fundamentally change the way the
state thinks about mental health,
according to Actng Commissioner
Kristn Woodlock. About $1.3 billion,
or 20 percent, is currently spent on
inpatent care for about 1 percent
of its patents, the agency reported.
The psychiatric hospital census has
dropped to about 4,000 down from
93,000 in the 1950s.
``Working together with communites,
we can and will change the outdated
and costly way we serve individuals
with mental illness,’’ Woodlock
said. The plan, which followed a
statewide listening tour and more
than 2,000 public comments, will
expand community services and let
individuals and families choose where
to get treatment, eliminatng current
geographic restrictons, she wrote.
Hospital closures or consolidatons
require one-year notce to state
legislators. No layofs are planned,
and OMH will work with employees
to transfer or retrain for other jobs,
agency spokesman Ben Rosen said.
The 15 regional centers with inpatent
hospitals are planned for Bufalo
and Rochester in western New York;
Syracuse and Utca in central New
York; Albany and two in Orangeburg in
the Hudson Valley; Brentwood on Long
Island; and Brooklyn, Staten Island and
Queens, with two in both the Bronx
and Manhatan.
Other psychiatric hospitals in Bufalo,
Elmira, Binghamton, Orangeburg
and on Long Island will close and
consolidate with new centers in 2014,
followed by closings and consolidatons
in Rochester, Ogdensburg and
Manhatan the next year, and in
Orange County in 2016, according to
the plan.
``There’s a lot of hubs that will
be remaining where the previous
consolidatons were, such as Elmira,
Rochester, Ogdensburg,’’ Rosen said.
New York has far more psychiatric
hospitals than any other state and it’s
been difcult to close them because
of legislatve oppositon over the
jobs they provide, though recent
authorizaton by lawmakers enabled
the Cuomo administraton to move
ahead with the overhaul, said Harvey
Rosenthal, executve director of the
New York Associaton of Psychiatric
Rehabilitaton Services.
``This positons New York at long
last to move away from the biggest
hospital system in the country,’’ he
said, and instead put those tax dollars
``into the best community system we
can create.’’
According to OMH, in any given year
one in four New York adults has a
diagnosable mental disorder, while
one in 17 has serious mental illness.
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Although the position
of superintendent has
traditionally been held
by males, recently there
has been an increase
in the number of women,
particularly women of
color, taking on the role in
upstate New York.
Syracuse, North Syracuse,
Albany, Auburn, Brockport, and
Bufalo are six areas in the upper
part of New York State, Western
New York and the Finger Lakes
Region, where school districts
are being run by female
superintendents from diverse
ethnic backgrounds.
Some of the reasons for the
increase may be the retrement
of previous school district
administrators, the electon of
new school board members,
or simply that there are more
candidates seeking the positon.
Whatever the case, these
pioneers of their feld say they
are here to stay and hope to see
the trend contnue to grow.
According to the American
Associaton of School
Administrators report,“The
American School
Superintendent: 2010
Decennial Study,” 24 percent
of superintendents natonwide
are women, compared to 13.2
percent in the year 2000. Upstate
New York is part of that increase.
Syracuse City School District
Superintendent Sharon Contreras is
the frst woman of color to serve as
superintendent of a big fve district in
the history of the state.
Afer previously serving as chief
academic ofcer of the Providence, R.I.
school district, she was unanimously
voted into the positon by the Syracuse
school board in July 2011.
According to Contreras, the ascension
of minority women to the positon
is important, not only to ensure
that employers are making race and
gender-based neutral decisions, but to
set an example for the most important
members of the district, its students.
“It is incredibly important that the
superintendency is representatve of
the students that we serve,” she said.
“Students need to see leaders who
look just like them. It helps them to
know that they, too, can achieve at
high levels.”
But, while their numbers are
growing, the number of minority
superintendents in the positon are
slow-moving overall in comparison
to their representaton as minority
groups in the general populaton.
According to a 1990 New York
Times artcle ttled “Educaton;
Great Expectatons Hobble Black
Superintendents,” part of the problem
may be that, ofentmes, minority
superintendents are hired to oversee
schools in struggling urban districts
with few resources and large gaps in
student achievement.
“They increasingly fnd themselves
under fre,” the artcle states. “Sought
afer most ofen by school districts
in ruin, yet held to what they see as
a higher standard than their white
predecessors, they face double-edged
critcism, from whites who raise
questons about their authority and
from blacks who are impatent for
radical improvements.”
As a result, many have also seen
their tenures grow troubled and end
prematurely, said the artcle.
Therefore, even though she has
faced several inequites along the
way, it’s the complex issues minority
superintendents face that have posed
the biggest challenge, Contreras said.
“I’m not sure it’s about being a woman
or being a man, but it certainly is
complicated,” she said. “Because
ofen when minority superintendents
are invited to be superintendents of
school districts, the school districts
are in crisis. They’re in fscal crisis and
academic crisis. The buildings are in
disrepair. And, I’m not talking about
Syracuse, I’m saying in urban school
districts all over the country. And, you
know, you come in and everybody’s
upset with you because there’s an
expectaton that you have to fx this
immediately. But the district is in the
greatest crisis it’s ever been. And,
it’s not just the entre community
that wants it fxed; even the minority
community is frustrated, and wants
you to fx it immediately. I remember
on my seventh day on the job here,
I got a note that said, ‘You haven’t
done anything.’ And I just said, ‘You’re
right.’ You’re absolutely right, it was
my seventh day. And, you know,
people are highly critcal and they
don’t understand that by the tme
we have goten to the place where
we take over the districts, there have
been decades and decades of student
academic failure and fscal crisis. It’s
just really difcult to turn that around,
and to turn the culture around. That’s
more difcult to turn around than the
academic failure.”
However, Contreras said, as long as
school districts and school boards
are willing to take a chance on
women, it’s a sign that the culture of
the superintendency is changing. In
additon, she said it’s important to
embrace these challenges in order to
become and remain successful in the
“I’ve worked with the community
to develop a fve-year strategic
plan,” she said. “It’s called ‘Great
Expectatons.’ The plan focuses on fve
goals including teaching and learning;
efectve teachers and leaders; support
structures for students; accountability
and improved communicaton. Our
budget is aligned to these fve goals,
and I strongly believe that if we stay
the course, we will improve student
outcomes for all children and decrease
the student achievement gap.”
Consequently, SCSD has recently
been awarded $31.5 million in state
compettve grants to improve its
struggling schools in an efort that has
been spearheaded by Contreras.
She said the key to her success so far
has been staying consistent and not
letng others pressure her into “hasty
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Following Contreras’ appointment,
Bufalo Public Schools Superintendent
Pamela Brown became the second
woman of color to preside over a big
fve district in the state, in July 2012.
As superintendent of another
struggling district, Brown currently
leads a group of schools with students
totaling 34,000. She has over 20 years
of experience in public educaton.
Previously, Brown served as senior
research and planning associate for
the Center for Educatonal Leadership
and Technology in Marlborough,
Mass. She also held a prior positon
as assistant superintendent for the
school district of Philadelphia, and
worked in the Charlote-Mecklenburg
School District.
According to the Bufalo Public Schools
web site, Brown “has demonstrated
the ability to turn schools around and
achieve student success, regardless of
economic challenges faced by students
and their families,” and “her dutes in
Bufalo coincide well with previous
programs and projects she has
overseen during her career, including
the development of innovatve
curricula, school constructon projects,
and the establishment of partnerships
with universites, businesses and
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard
became the frst African-American
female named to the positon of
superintendent in the City School
District of Albany in September 2012.
Vanden Wyngaard said she realized
her calling afer earning a Ph.D. in
educaton from Kent State University.
“I was seeking positons where I believed
I could have a signifcant impact,”
she said. “While I was promoted
quickly within all organizatons, in
educaton, I determined that the
superintendent positon would give
me the best opportunity to provide
heroic leadership to meet and exceed
the calling for my life.”
Previously, in her career she worked to
combat racism in the area of educaton
as well.
“In my former district, we worked
with both Dr. Glenn Singleton from
Pacifc Educaton Alliance as well as
Dr. Eric Cooper from the Natonal
Urban Alliance to tackle the impact
of systemic racism in educaton; and
to create a system of teaching that
allowed our teachers to learn to
teach within a culturally responsive
and appropriate manner,” she said.
“Getng a community to talk honestly
and openly about race and racism was
a dauntng task, and ultmately led
to the retrement of my immediate
superintendent from the district.
However, within that seven-year
tmeframe the district shrunk its
achievement gap by 60 percent across
the district and I am very proud of that
According to Vanden Wyngaard, more
African-American women named to
top posts in school districts would only
help students, and the districts, to
“I believe that an increase in diversity
at the senior leadership positon as
artculated by gender, race, ethnicity,
language, sexual identty can only
beneft educaton,” she stated. “It
benefts educaton from a student
perspectve, as members of the variety
of underrepresented groups are able
to see and be mentored by senior
female leaders is important. Second,
a female superintendent, who refects
a diverse society can by positon and
afliaton seek and strengthen bonds
across those artfcial boundaries to
forge and build new and stronger
partnerships; perhaps easier than one
who is from the dominant populaton.”
Yet, while the track record for female
African-American superintendents
suggests that many have shorter
tenures in these positons than others,
Vanden Wyngaard said she is confdent
she will surpass those limitatons.
“I am positve that my tenure will
exceed expectatons,” she said. “I have
strong support from the community,
strategic partners, as well as the school
board; and, for that, I am grateful.”
Vanden Wyngaard said she is also
currently focused on measures to
ensure that CSDA students stay
commited to educaton, as well as
contnually working to increase levels
of achievement.
“I know what has to happen
systemically for the district, and I am
putng systems and people in positons
to become leaders for change,” she
said. “The response and decisions are
not easy to make as we raise the bar
of expectatons while living with the
constant threat of budget limitatons.
However, the process that I use is based
on the development of processes for
all people who infuence the budget
to ensure that they understand the
decision-making process and roles and
responsibilites. As this begins to be
understood, the percepton of ‘threat’
becomes reduced as the public and
partners fully understand the ratonale
behind the decisions.”
And, although she has only been
superintendent for a short period
of tme, Vanden Wyngaard said her
strategic plan for the district lasts untl
2020: and it’s something she intends
to see through.
“I hope to be here for an extended
tme,” she said. “My plans only include
my current positon as I have fnally
earned a positon, where I can have
a powerful impact for students’ lives,
challenge and create new learning
opportunites with our strategic
partners. There is nowhere else I
would rather be.”
In the meantme, she said the key to
her success has been her ability to
learn the system quickly, as well as fnd
the best methods for improvement.
Auburn Enlarged City School District
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she has similar goals when it comes to
making a diference in educaton.
Appointed to the positon in July 2012,
she is the frst female superintendent
for the district and the frst African-
American for the district as well.
“My entre career in educaton has
allowed me to contnue to pursue
and lead a purpose-driven life,” she
said. “My role as a superintendent
is an extension of my commitment
to the protecton of the sanctty of
childhood as a contnuing personal
and professional imperatve. I am
inspired by the challenge to ensure
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the hope that access to a high-quality
educaton can provide for every child
in this country.”
According to Evelyn, her success thus
far has been due to “grit, selfessness,
and humility,” as well as, “the ability
to persevere in the face of difculty,
knowing that you are engaged in work
that each day is paramount to ensuring
this naton lives out its creed.”
Fundamentally, she said she is
contnually thankful for the students in
her district and plans to contnue her
work for a long tme to come.
“Each day, I’m inspired by our children,”
she said. “They invite and engage me
to many important milestones in their
lives; plays, dances, and graduatons.
They visit us at board meetngs and
in our ofces with their families
thanking us, asking us for guidance,
and assistance. I look forward to the
obligaton of ensuring that children
believe in themselves frst; like a
caterpillar changing into a buterfy or
a great tree growing from a small seed,
it’s some kind of miracle.”
In Brockport, Superintendent Lesli
Myers, the frst woman of color
to hold the superintendency in
Monroe County, said, throughout her
career, she’s been inspired by her
“My maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Addie Terry Mills, a.k.a. Nana, was a
woman of distncton, faith, and zeal,”
she said. “She stood fve-foot ten with
piercing hazel eyes that didn’t miss a
beat. What I admired most about my
Nana was her faith in God and her
innate ability to tell a story like none
other. She was widowed with 10
children before the age of 30. Being
the frst woman of color to hold the
superintendency in Monroe County
was a dauntng task, but I remember
her wise words of advice: One, always
ensure that you maintain your faith
and belief in God because with Him,
all things are possible; and two,
contnually pursue educaton and get
as much as you can. Money, fame and
fortune can be stripped away from
you, but once you obtain knowledge
through educaton, it yours to keep.”
In additon, Myers said she has worked
to create equitable access to high-
quality instructon for all students
and to develop opportunites for
the community to come together in
support of its children.
“I have enjoyed working with
students from various demographic
backgrounds and clearly understand
nuances relatve to diferent cultures
and socioeconomic levels,” she stated.
“I am most proud of my ability to
develop programs that promote
academic achievement and unity
within the larger school community.
Given my background, educatonal
preparaton and experiences, I felt the
tme was right to take this step into
Myers said she also holds fast to the
noton that “every student can learn,”
and is a leader who knows “the
capacity for motvatng students and
adults to do their best to prepare for
the challenges we will face in a 21st
century global marketplace.”
Additonally, Myers said she credits
her success to “an established faith
and an incredibly supportve family.”
As for the future, according to Myers,
“We never know what the future may
hold and where our path may lead
us. I think that for all of us, students,
educators, parents, and community
members, the sky is the limit. I do
know I am commited to be a guardian
of equity for all children. No ifs, ands,
or buts!”
Kim Dyce-Faucete, superintendent
of the North Syracuse Central School
District as of Aug. 2011, said she
knew she wanted to be a school
administrator early in her career.
“I have to admit that when I frst
became a house administrator is
when I fell in love with being an
administrator,” she said. “It just really
allowed me to learn so much, and I
just loved the various facets of what
the job entailed.”
Before joining NSCSD, a predominately
white school district in the suburbs of
Syracuse, Dyce-Faucete previously
served as chief of staf for the Rochester
City School District, a largely-minority
According to Dyce-Faucete, although
she faced challenges in both districts,
today, tmes are changing, nonetheless.
“When you think about leadership
positons, men have dominated,” she
said. “But, with communites changing,
with school board members changing...
when I became an administrator there
was a wave of retrements. I think it’s
a change of the tmes. And, as much as
we are educators, I think we should be
a community of learners who embrace
However, when it comes to an urban
district, the issues for students are
substantally diferent than those in
NSCSD, Dyce-Faucete said.
“What I believe to be the same is that
children are children,” she said. “But
the conversatons are very diferent
when we talk about educatng our
kids. In an urban district, we ask,
‘What are we doing to ensure that our
kids are receiving a quality educaton?’
In my district, that’s a given. Parents
expect that their children are receiving
a quality educaton. This is a district
of enrichment, and it’s about how do
you contnue to maintain that. So, the
issues are enormously diferent.”
But, stll, Dyce-Faucete’s district
has faced controversies of its own,
including limited resources, she said.
“My district is a struggling district,”
said Dyce-Faucete. “But I think it’s
about how we focus our resources.
It’s about meetng the needs of our
students. It’s about asking ‘What are
the best practces out there that you
can implement?’ In our district we
have people who are impoverished,
and if our budget goes down we are
going to have to cut an additonal
$1.4 million. I think it’s about being
strategic and fnding a way to best
meet the needs of your students.”
As a result, she said NSCSD is currently
letng data drive the numbers around
diferentated instructon in its’
schools relatve to the areas in which
the district fnds it should focus.
In additon, she said New York’s
newly adopted principal and teacher
evaluaton system, the Annual
Professional Performance Review,
will ultmately help teachers engage
in beter communicaton around this
In the end, Dyce-Faucete said she
believes women will contnue to
choose the role of superintendent in
the future.
“I think we are providing more
opportunites for more educators,”
she said. “And I’m happy to be a part of
the group for inspiring other aspiring
administrators to take the plunge.”
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I’m not sure
who sent me
i nf or mat i on
about the case
of Gabriella
Calhoun. I
do know
that a Your
Black World
c ont r i but or,
Yolanda Spivey,
covered the
case, asked a
lot of questons and came to me with
her conclusions.
I admit that I am a natural skeptc of
almost everything put in front of me,
especially things that happen afer
partes. My greatest dream and wish
is that more black kids would spend
Saturday nights in the library instead
of believing that only nerds are willing
to do such a thing. I spent Saturday
nights working toward my dreams,
which was pivotal in getng a chance
to live a life that I never thought I’d
have. Plus, afer 20 years of teaching
on college campuses, I’ve seen too
many bad things happen on Saturday
But with that being said, there’s
nothing wrong with going out and this
also shouldn’t give the police a reason
to harass you. My father was a cop for
over 25 years, so I respect good law
enforcement. But I also know that
police can become as frightened as the
rest of us, and sometmes abuse their
authority. I’ve seen people get beaten
down by police for even the most
minor gestures, such as asking why
the ofcer is arrestng their friend or
telling the ofcer to let them go. None
of this is acceptable and amounts to
a consistent violaton of the right and
safety of American citzens.
When it comes to Gabriella Calhoun, I
get the sense that ofcers were waitng
for something to happen, profling a
group of young black teens, believing
that they had no access to the justce
necessary to protect them from the
abuses that ofcers would never
infict on a group of young white kids.
Gabriella and her friends had nothing
to do with the fght taking place in the
Denny’s parking lot where they were
eatng dinner, she didn’t even know
the girls involved. They were doing
nothing wrong, but were told to leave
the restaurant because they were also
black and/or appeared to be dressed
as if they’d been to the same party. No
one else in the restaurant was asked
to leave, which might make Denny’s
liable for what happened afer that.
While being told to leave the
restaurant, Gabby was grabbed by a
police ofcer. The rest of the story,
which you can read here, is one where
this young honor student with no
criminal record woke up spitng teeth
and blood onto the ground while
being choked by an ofcer who told
her “I don’t care if you have asthma.”
The ofcer then forced Gabby to walk
across a crowded restaurant with her
chest exposed because she allegedly
refused to lif Gabby’s shirt to cover
her up. What kind of animal thinks
that this behavior is acceptable?
I spoke with Gabby for an hour the
other day, then I spoke with her mother,
and her family spokesperson. My
conclusion, from the core of my heart,
is that this young woman did nothing
wrong. Gabby, a pette, 18-year old
weighing no more than 130 pounds,
is hardly the kind of overwhelming
and intmidatng fgure who deserves
to have her teeth knocked out by the
One of my daughters is the same size
as Gabriella, and when she once got
out of control, I lifed her over my
shoulder and carried her out of the
room. Only a corrupt bully would have
the audacity to think that she deserves
to be hit in the face with a baton and
spend the rest of her life chewing with
dental implants. Gabby told me that
she once took pride in her beautful
smile, and now she doesn’t even want
to take pictures. This doesn’t even
count the trauma she likely feels afer
realizing that police are not there to
protect her, but instead, may abuse or
even kill her.
In the case of Gabriella Calhoun, police
can’t do what the public is trying to do
with Trayvon Martn. There’s nothing
in Gabby’s past about hitng weed
afer school, getng suspended or
engaging in any form of aggressive
behavior toward anyone. Her older
brother is a straight A student on his
way to medical school, and Gabby
herself fnished high school a semester
early. She told me that she’s never
even been sent to detenton, and
her mother assured me that she and
Gabby’s father run a tght ship, as good
parents are supposed to do.
I get the sense that Bloomington police
know that they’ve made a serious
mistake, for they are back-pedaling
faster than Deion Sanders did when he
played for the Dallas Cowboys. They
might need to move even faster, and
learn that good police work means
interactng with people with mutual
respect, not persistent degradaton.
But this case is bigger than Gabriella.
It’s really about the idea that police
felt that a large group of black people
automatcally poses a threat to the
surrounding community. It’s about
the fact that they felt comfortable
infringing on the rights of a group of
students, forcing them to leave the
restaurant, when they had nothing to
do with the fght outside. It’s all about
the “Negroes in a Barrel” theory,
leading cops to believe that every
black person is somehow related,
and that proximity to a guilty party
automatcally implies that you should
not have access to fundamental human
and civil rights. It is consistent with
the stop-and-frisk policies of the New
York City Police Department, which
adds to the mass incarceraton crisis,
which has come to match the N*azi
holocaust in terms of the millions of
people whose lives have been ended
or destroyed.
The truth is that, this case represents
the contnued acceptance of state-
sponsored terrorism.
I am fully supportng Gabriella and her
family in their quest to pursue justce.
Her mother told me that when she
sought help for her child, all of the civil
rights organizatons she reached out
to ignored her calls. Now, since the
word is out, they are startng to call
her back. This makes me happy, and I
pray that it sends a clear signal to the
Bloomington Police Department that
you can’t treat our kids like animals,
and if you do, we’ll have your job.
Gabriella Calhoun is a shining young
star who represents the future of
black America. None of us should be
willing to sit and watch our best and
brightest be beaten down, abused
and traumatzed by those who see our
kids as nothing more than food for the
prison industrial complex. Between
urban violence, failing schools, and
racial profling, our kids are facing
danger everywhere they turn. It is up
to us to stand up and say “We won’t
allow this ANYMORE.”
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the author of
the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of
Black Male Empowerment.”
The gabriella Calhoun Police Beating
– “Negroes in a Barrel” Police Work at It’s Best
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(TriceEdneyWire.com) - I was 20
when Roe v. Wade was decided.
A year before the decision, a
young woman who lived in my
dormitory atempted to abort
herself and hemorrhaged so
badly that she was hospitalized.
I’ll never forget the blood on
the foor of her room, and
the anguished screams of her
roommate. The young woman
never returned to school, her
promising future cut short
because she could not obtain a legal aborton. Now,
there is an efort to return to the days of back alley
abortons, or the days relatvely wealthy women
lef the country to obtain legal and safe abortons.
Republican-dominated legislatures in several
states are commited to limitng and perhaps even
eliminatng women’s right to choose.
The same Republicans who would limit a woman’s
right to choose, are the same who say there are
too many government regulatons. Some would
dismantle the Environmental Protecton Agency,
insttute a fat tax, eliminate the minimum wage and
dismantle afrmatve acton. In North Dakota, the
governor signed legislaton to outlaw aborton afer
only six weeks of pregnancy.
The law may not be consttutonal but its passage
sends a dangerous signal to women who support
choice. Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D)
garnered natonal headlines (and the appreciaton of
many women) when her 11 hour flibuster defeated
(at least for now) a proposed Texas law that would
forbid aborton afer 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Texas law would also require aborton clinics to
have additonal equipment, making them far more
expensive to operate. The North Carolina legislature
has presented a similar law to the governor, who
promised not to sign such legislaton when he ran for
ofce. But the governor does not have to sign the
legislaton for it to become law, since his failure to
sign will efectvely ratfy the law. Should Governor
Pat McCrory veto the law, there are enough votes
to override his veto. Senator Marco Rubio is likely
to introduce similar legislaton in the United States
senate, making the efort to limit women’s right to
choose a natonal mandate.
Meanwhile, a January Gallup poll indicated that just
29 percent of all Americans support overturning Roe
v. Wade. Eighteen percent said they had no opinion,
and 53 said that Roe should not be overturned. The
Republican push to limit aborton rights, though,
efectvely limits or overturns Roe v. Wade. While
many suggest that African Americans are more
conservatve on things like aborton rights, a 2012
poll by the Public Religion Research Insttute, two-
thirds of African Americans, support a woman’s
right to choose. Marcia Ann Gillespie, former editor
of both Essence and Ms. Magazines once wrote,
supportng the right to choose, that choice is the
essence of freedom, and many of those who support
aborton rights do so not because they want women
to have abortons, but because they want women to
have choices.
Limitng abortons to less than 20 weeks, increasing
licensing requirements, forcing women to wait
24 hours (or more) before getng an aborton,
requiring doctors to show pictures of fetuses, are
all ways to erode aborton rights, and limit women’s
choices. Many Republicans don’t want to increase
the minimum wage, but they want to limit women’s
optons. The zeal they exhibit for limitng aborton
isn’t matched by zeal to feed children once they are
here. Indeed, between sequestraton and proposed
legislaton, dollars available for SNAP (Supplemental
Nutriton Assistance Program, the old Food Stamps
program) have been falling. In other words, these
folks care about unborn children untl they are born,
then they can go for self.
Many of those who would not regulate the economy,
would regulate what a woman does with her body.
And this movement is gaining. Some cite religion,
and others quite cynically talk about the children
that are “killed” even before a fetus is viable. While
Republicans are not the only people who oppose
aborton rights, as state legislatures have turned
Republican, the efort to pass laws limitng aborton
rights has renewed impetus.
I don’t think anybody “likes” aborton, but it is an
efectve way to end unwanted pregnancies, and
many women make this choice for fnancial and
other reasons. Shouldn’t women use birth control?
Of course, but there is no form of birth control that
is infallible (not to menton the abortons some
women have in cases of rape and incest), and atacks
on organizatons like Planned Parenthood reduce
the amount of sex educaton and contracepton
available. Forty years ago, women were shackled by
their inability to make choices. Now, women have
optons and possibilites. Any woman who has an
aversion to aborton doesn’t have to have one. It’s
that simple.
I don’t remember the girl’s name that hemorrhaged
in my dorm. I do remember her big orange Afro, her
quick smile, and her love of learning. And when I
think of her, I think of Langston Hughes writng about
“a dream deferred”. We can’t go back to those days
of back alley abortons. Just as Republicans are going
state by state to limit women’s rights, those who
support choice should go state by state to preserve
them. We need more state legislators like Senator
Wendy Davis. We can’t go back!
Julianne Malveaux is an economist and author.
The views expressed on our opinion pages are those of the author and do not
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