For Immediate Release
Amid Allegations of Racism on Brentwood School Board, First-Time Forum Offers Parents a Chance To Meet the Candidates
What: Growing a Diverse Long Island: Brentwood School Board Candidate Forum
When: Wednesday, May 9, 6:30pm
Where: Brentwood Public Library, 34 2nd Avenue, Brentwood
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For years, the Brentwood School Board—overseeing one of the largest and most diverse school districts on Long Island—has been plagued with allegations of racism among its members. Now, a May 9 forum will give Brentwood residents the chance to ask the school board candidates direct questions regarding issues like serving a diverse student body, budget, and school safety.
“Growing a Diverse Long Island: Brentwood School Board Candidate Forum” invites the six candidates for the school board to introduce themselves to residents and discuss issues that have been too long ignored in the district.
The forum is the second in an ongoing series of events focusing on issues affecting diverse communities on Long Island. Newsday’s Joye Brown called the first event, a 2011 debate for Suffolk County executive, “historic,” and the debate garnered praise from both candidates for office. Like the first forum, this event will also feature simultaneous interpretation to ensure the participation of all residents.
This forum is being organized by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, Long Island Wins, and Noticia. Participating organizations will include Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Central American Refugee Center, NAACP, SEPA Mujer, Haitian Americans United for Change, and Pronto of Long Island, and others.