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AFC's 2016 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

1 Benefit 2016

Thank you for supporting the 2016 Spring Benefit!

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15 Kalilah

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

Read Kalilah’s story

2 LGBTQ guide/Pride Month

Happy Pride Month from Advocates for Children! 

Check out our LGBTQ Guide!

25 Micaela

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

Read Micaela's story

3 Literacy Paper

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

4 Carlos

Back to school with Advocates for Children

Read Carlos’ story

5 Jemma/Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students

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7 Jake

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

Read Jake's story


National Coalition Urges Passage of New York School Discipline Reform Legislation
06.07.2016 | A coalition of national, statewide and local organizations today urged passage of A.8396, the Judge Judith S. Kaye Safe and Supportive School Act, New York legislation aimed at promoting positive school climates and reducing racial discipline disparities. Their remarks come on the heels of new national data released by the U.S.... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2017 New York City Budget
05.24.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying about the city budget before the City Council Committee on Finance, asking that the final budget include increased funding for DOE social workers for students living in shelters and for restorative justice programs. View testimony Read more

New York Bar Foundation Presents Grant to Advocates for Children of New York
05.24.2016 | The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $6,200 to Advocates for Children of New York. The grant will be used to support their Assistance for Children with Disabilities program. “The support of the New York Bar Foundation will help make it possible for us to provide legal services to low-income students... Read more

Statement on Mayoral Control
05.19.2016 | As the New York State Senate Education Committee holds a hearing today on mayoral control of New York City schools, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released the following statement supporting a long-term extension of mayoral control: As a watchdog agency working to protect the rights of... Read more

AFC in the News

New York State Eases Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities
06.15.2016 | Education Week | Abja Midha, a project director for Advocates for Children, an organization that supports multiple pathways for high school diplomas, said in an interview with Education Week that the new option is welcome—but that it comes with some concerns. First, it makes it even more complicated for families and schools to figure... Read more

Principals wonder how last-minute graduation rule changes will affect their students
06.14.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Several advocates for students with disabilities said easing graduation standards could help students earn a diploma and enable them to apply for a vocational program, get a job, or join the military. Those options were not available under a previous credential New York offered for students with disabilities that... Read more

City unveils new report cards for schools serving high-needs students
06.09.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Some observers said there is still room for improving the new report cards, which can help families make informed choices. “Some of them could and should be more nuanced, but I think they’re valuable nonetheless,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education policy expert at Advocates for Children. “Students with... Read more

Yshamar's Story
06.08.2016 | SiriusXM, The Hoda Show | AFC client and 2016 Spring Benefit honoree Yshamar Gestine shared his story with Hoda Kotb on SiriusXM. He was joined by his AFC attorney, Ashley Grant, and his teacher, Anna Spoden. Read more