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Trenton Public School District seeks to re-draw neighborhood zones to help students attend schools in their neighborhood. The goal is to better service Special Needs and Bi-Lingual students while also reducing class size and making room for anticipated growth in the student population.


The proposed structure will establish twelve Kindergarten through third-grade schools; six fourth through sixth-grade schools; and three seventh through eighth-grade schools. There are currently no plans for district high schools.


According to the plan, the District will reopen Stokes Elementary School, TCHS West Campus, Paul Robeson, and Cadwalader Schools.


Trenton School District Superintendent will host community meetings and establish community-based steering committees to assist with a successful implementation. The finalized plan will be presented for School Board approval in January 2022.


The Trenton Branch NAACP is seeking to charter high school branches within local school districts across Mercer County, New Jersey. We aim to amplify young voices to create positive change in their education agencies. High School Branches will also increase our local voter participation outcomes.


Student Loan Debt is stagnating the economic growth of a large segment of our population. In response, the NAACP announced a new campaign calling for Student Debt Cancellation. The “MeMinusStudentDebt,” campaign seeks to address the fact that across all racial groups, Black borrowers hold the most student loan debt despite also being consistently underserved by postsecondary institutions. Americans owed a collective $1.71 trillion in student loan debt as of Dec. 2020, according to the Federal Reserve. By comparison, in 2010, Americans owed about $845 billion in student loan debt, which means student loan debt has increased by about 102 percent over the last ten years.

NJ Act-so program 

ACT-SO is a year-long youth enrichment program that culminates in a local and national competition where students compete for scholarship awards, and prizes totaling over $300,000.


Often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind”, ACT-SO centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among students of African American descent.

Students who complete in the Local and National ACT-SO Competition may compete in up to three (3) of the 33 disciplines within the 6 categories (S.T.E.M., Business, Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Culinary Arts.)

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Amistad law - Enacted, August 27, 2002

During the period beginning late in the 15th century through the 19th century, millions of persons of African origin were enslaved and brought to the Western Hemisphere, including the United States of America. Anywhere from between 20 to 50 percent of enslaved Africans died during their journey to the Western Hemisphere.


The enslavement of Africans and their descendants was part of a concerted effort of physical and psychological terrorism that deprived groups of people of African descent of the opportunity to preserve many of their social, religious, political, and other customs. The vestiges of slavery in this country continued with the legalization of second-class citizenship status for African-Americans through Jim Crow laws, segregation, and other similar practices.


The legacy of slavery has pervaded the fabric of our society, and in spite of these events there are endless examples of the triumphs of African-Americans and their significant contributions to the development of this country. All people should know of and remember the human carnage and dehumanizing atrocities committed during the period of the African slave trade and slavery in America and of the vestiges of slavery in this country.


It is in fact vital to educate our citizens on these events, the legacy of slavery, the sad history of racism in this country, and on the principles of human rights and dignity in a civilized society.


It is the policy of the State of New Jersey that the history of the African slave trade, slavery in America, the depth of their impact on our society, and the triumphs of African-Americans and their significant contributions to the development of this country are the proper concern of all people, particularly students enrolled in the schools of the State of New Jersey;


Both the Department of Education and Amistad Commission have shared responsibilities in the full implementation of this law. Read more

Trenton Branch NAACP ACT-SO student, Imani Laird, presents her Silver Medal Orginal Essay about the Amistad Act - a New Jersey law which requires all schools in the State to incorporate the good and bad of African American history into their district curriculum.

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