Downtown Brooklyn town hall addresses school diversity

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A town hall meeting in Downtown Brooklyn organized by the city Department of Education and education advocates was held Tuesday with the goal of having a meaningful conversation about school diversity.

The room, packed with educators, community members, city officials and students, buzzed with ideas on how to increase and maintain diversity. People from all walks of life spoke -- some with the help of translators.

Organizers say having a room full of people who represent different aspects of education helps provide a healthy mix of opinions and views.

The town hall was part of the DOE's Equity and Excellence for All plan, which defines school diversity as a priority for the city. The next such meeting is set for April in Queens.

An advisory board will bring the recommendations from Tuesday's meeting to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city schools chancellor.

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