Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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12 CTE report

Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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13 Jonatan

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15 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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42 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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Spotlight

AFC Opposes the Nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education
01.17.2017 | Today at 5pm, the United States Senate will begin the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos, who was nominated to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Advocates for Children of New York believes that this position requires extensive experience with public education and a strong record of working to strengthen public schools, which... Read more

AFC Submits Comments Regarding Proposed Amendments to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101
01.13.2017 | AFC submitted comments to the New York City Department of Education regarding proposed changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, including changes to school selection and enrollment for students in foster care and students in temporary housing. View comments [PDF] Read more

New AFC Fact Sheet on Bullying & Harassment in NYC Schools
01.06.2017 | Advocates for Children has a new fact sheet on bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on race, national origin, immigration status, or religion. The fact sheet, which explains NYC Department of Education policy and what parents can do if their children experience bullying or discrimination, is currently available in English,... Read more

New Report Urges New York State to Address Barriers to Career and Technical Education Programs for Students with Disabilities
12.08.2016 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is releasing a report, Obstacles and Opportunities: Creating Career and Technical Education Pathways for Students with Disabilities [PDF], which analyzes access to high school-level career and technical education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities in New York State... Read more

AFC in the News

How New York City’s education world is reacting to Trump education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos
01.18.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates for Children, which helps secure services for students with disabilities and low-income families, expressed concern that DeVos appeared to be confused about how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act works. “It is really troubling for Ms. DeVos to say that enforcement of the rights of students... Read more

New York City moves to significantly reduce K-2 suspensions, but isn’t eliminating them
01.13.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Though suspensions in that age group have fallen in recent years — down to 801 last school year from nearly 1,500 the year before — the new policy is likely to have a dramatic impact. Officials said that if the proposed discipline code had been in place last year, just 25 students in grades K-2 would have been... Read more

Mother Fights for Son’s Right to Special Education after Four Month Delay in Nurse Assignment
01.12.2017 | NY1 | Emmanuel has cerebral palsy and other impairments. He qualified for special education preschool in September – but instead of learning in a classroom, he's been sitting at home. That's nearly four months of missed educational opportunities... Randi Levine is with Advocates for Children of New York and says her group has... Read more

New York Charters Enroll Fewer Homeless Pupils Than City Schools
12.09.2016 | The New York Times | Last year, 99,196 students in the city’s traditional public schools, or nearly 10 percent of students, were classified as being in temporary housing, according to data from the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, known as NYS-TEACHS, which is funded by the State... Read more