The neighborhoods in our city have suffered under the perils of crime for decades. I am committed to making our neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play by implementing policies that work and enacting those best practices used throughout our country with proven effectiveness.
We have taken a comprehensive approach to the issue of public safety by not only treating the symptoms, but the causes of crime. What we must begin to recognize is, the condition of the environment in which we live is directly related. Poverty, unemployment and the quality of education is a direct cause of not only crime but the types of crime we witness.
We intend to lower the rate of crime in our city by attacking it, with the people of our community as the focus.
Prevention: We must, as an entire community, improve how we identify those most at-risk of committing crimes and implement multi-level intervention. 1) Understanding as leadership we will demand improvement of the public and adult Education systems, as this is the most efficient anti-crime action, along with school-based programs for at-risk youth; and 2) Recognizing that Newark’s Unemployment Rate of 8.2% is nearly double the State (5%) and National (4.1%) average and this tragedy is in direct correlation to the increase of crime in our community, getting our residents back to work will be the top priority.
Engagement: We must create an authentic relationship between local government, law enforcement, and residents in our neighborhoods. We will influence an active partnership in public safety via giving leaders in our community a legitimate seat at the table and allowing those leaders to help design and implement policies, per ward, which will promote greater trust and investment in safer neighborhoods.
Enforcement: While Prevention and Engagement are paramount tools in ensuring public safety, it is our responsibility to prosecute those who commit reckless and life threatening crimes. Working with prosecutors and police, we will send the unmitigated message that if you commit a crime in our city and/or carry illegal weapons, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins is a true product of the city of Newark, educated here, she has throughout her life of public service, championed the cause for every student to receive an equal and quality education.
As a leader, and initially at the shunning of colleagues, in 2015, she first stood for the unification and against a citywide cantankerous divide between traditional and charter public school communities. Throughout her career focusing on the importance of both the educational and social services necessary for the full healthy development of each and every child throughout the city, Gayle has stood with the community! Traveling with students to Washington, teaming up with the Newark Fire Department to provide custom coats to our youngest babies during the winter seasons or fighting alongside parents for a more accountable system, she will continue to stand!
Our public schools in Newark have received the penalty of poverty for far too long. The education afforded to the children in the State of New Jersey per our Constitution states, that “equal educational opportunity for children” is the demand and a “system of instruction in any district of the State which is not thorough and efficient fall short of the constitutional command.” Yet in our city, it appears more attractive to give million-dollar tax abatements to developers than to ensure our children receive the greatest education feasible.
With the great ushering in of our newly elected Governor Phil Murphy and the beginning stages of the transition to Local Control in our city, we have the opportunity of creating a historical shift and change the course for our greatest asset – the children, we groom with a world-class education. Our children must be provided with a system that prepares every student for this 21st-century workforce.
Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins intends to see our children move forward through:
- Ensuring that the Constitutional Right for an Equal and Quality Education is upheld throughout our city, by promoting for the sharing of best practices of the highest performing schools, which will ensure the health and development of all public schools.
- More accountability on the local school board to ensure the full funding formula per the Supreme Court is returned and those funds reach the classroom first.
- Supporting true engagement of the local community of parents, and providing them with a greater voice in the process of how their children are educated and how funding is disseminated for their children’s education.
- Restoring a healthy teacher, union, administration, and state relationship, in order to create an environment wherein we are able to hear what support our teachers are lacking in our public school system.
- Promoting for additional funding to extend successful STEM curriculum throughout all grade levels.
- Increasing access to local community and state colleges for high school students, as well as offering viable vocational programs to students who choose an alternative road to success.