By: Allan Appel:
Jasmine Nicholas (on the right in the photo) confronted the mayor and the superintendent on suspensions policy — not just as a student, but as a member of an activist group focused on the schools.
She got a hearing — and some answers — at Monday night’s Board of Ed meeting.
Nicholas is a young woman who knows the New Haven Public Schools from the inside. She attended Celentano, King/Robinson, and graduated in 2007 from Common Ground High School, and she knows the good, and the sometimes not so good.
When she rose to speak during the public participation portion of the Board of Ed meeting, schools Superintendent Reginald Mayo asked the young woman what school she attended. However, she was there no longer as a student but in a new capacity, as a paid intern with Teach Our Children (TOC), the advocacy and education organizing group for low to moderate-income NHPS parents.