by Max Parrott, Associate Editor
Education advocates hosted a town hall with Councilman and Democratic nominee for borough president Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) last Thursday evening.
The forum, hosted by several different groups like Queens Parents United and PLACE NYC that are organized respectively around resistance to diversity plans and the elimination of the SHSAT, seemed like it might be hostile territory for the candidate. Richards staked out a hardline progressive education platform during the primary, which differed from the groups’ views in both areas.
But the 90-minute forum largely avoided conflict. The moderator, Horace Davis, president of the Caribbean American Society of New York, was quick to point out common ground between the education advocates and Richards, and the councilman took a softer approach to several areas that he had been more hardline on earlier in his campaign.