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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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15 Disability Pride Month

AFC joins in celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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3 Jake

Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

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Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies


Statement by AFC in Response to the Release of NYC’s Grades 3-8 English Language Arts & Math Test Scores
08.12.2015 | The English Language Arts (ELA) and Math state test scores released today once again show tremendous discrepancies between the performance of New York City students in general education and the performance of students who have disabilities or are English Language Learners (ELLs). While the overall numbers of students in grades 3—8... Read more

New DOE Structure: How to Get Help
08.12.2015 | In July 2015, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) changed the structure of the offices that support schools, students, and families. We want to give you information about the new structure and let you know how to get help, especially since one of the DOE’s goals of the new structure is to make it easier for parents to get... Read more

AFC and the NYIC Submit Comments on Proposed Amendments to Chancellor's Regulation A-101
08.05.2015 | Today AFC and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) jointly submitted comments in response to the New York City Department of Education's proposal to amend Chancellor's Regulation A-101 relating to student admissions, discharges, and transfers. We believe that there are opportunities to strengthen the proposed amendments in order... Read more

Mayoral Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline Releases Phase I Recommendations
07.23.2015 | Today the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio released the Phase I report of the Mayoral Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline. AFC advocated for the creation of the Leadership Team through our work on the School-Justice Partnership Task Force, and Executive Director Kim Sweet is serving on the Leadership Team and co-... Read more

AFC in the News

Some New York Children Struggling to Keep Up
08.17.2015 | Public News Service | More New York state third through eighth graders passed the Common Core standardized tests in both English and math this year, but not everyone is improving at the same rate. Over the last two years, a much smaller percentage of children with disabilities and those learning English have received passing grades.... Read more

Meaningless? Cause for celebration? Interpretations of newest test scores run the gamut
08.12.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Meanwhile, Advocates for Children of New York called the proficiency rates for the city’s English language learners — 4 percent in English, under 15 percent in math — “devastating.” Proficiency rates among students with disabilities actually declined slightly in math, the organization noted, and achievement gaps... Read more

Excessive use of force on children
08.06.2015 | PIX 11 News | School Justice Project Director Dawn Yuster appeared on PIX 11 News, discussing school discipline and the rights of students with disabilities in light of a case in Kentucky involving the handcuffing of a young student with ADHD. Watch segment Read more

Translation Services Still Lacking for Some Public School Parents
07.27.2015 | WNYC Schoolbook | Every school has access to over-the-phone interpretation services, but the NYIC surveyed 175 parents this year and found that only six percent of them had ever used it. “Language Line is available in more than 200 languages,” said Abja Midha, Project Director for Immigrant Students’ Rights at Advocates for Children,... Read more