On Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 am, the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association will hold a virtual Board of Education candidates forum addressing issues of “equity, access, and accountability.”
For the first time in the history of Princeton, out of 8 candidates vying for the 3 open seats on the board, 3 are African American. This comes at a time during a national pandemic when virtual education, tutorials through PODS, internet access and connectivity could further exacerbate the historical minority education achievement gap-making it intractable to address, adjust, or reverse.
The second part of the meeting will be a discussion of zoning and its impact on affordable housing in Princeton. At a critical time, when African American home ownership is dwindling to the point of extinction, the question must be asked: “What options are left for longtime homeowners in Witherspoon Jackson and other neighborhoods, challenged by gentrification, zoning, yearly property tax revaluations/adjustments, and financial interests on behalf of developers?”