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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11 Tayloni

“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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15 Micaela

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

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27 Benefit 2016

Thank you for supporting the 2016 Spring Benefit!

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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 Testifies on the 2017-18 State Education Budget Proposal
02.14.2017 | Today, AFC is testifying at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2017-18 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to invest in education initiatives such as improved access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities and English Language... Read more

AFC's Statement in Response to New York Graduation Rates for the Class of 2016
02.10.2017 | The following is a statement by Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, on today’s release of New York Graduation Rates for the Class of 2016: We are alarmed by the precipitous drop in English Language Learner (ELL) graduation rates and the sharp increase in ELL drop-out rates for the Class of 2016 in... Read more

AFC's Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
02.08.2017 | Yesterday, Betsy DeVos was sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. In the months ahead, we expect to see changes in the implementation and enforcement of federal education laws, as well as shifts in funding priorities that may have serious implications for the low-income students and families we serve. We at Advocates for... Read more

AFC Supports Increased Funding to Improve Special Education Data System
01.24.2017 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement regarding the release of the Preliminary Budget: “We were glad to see Mayor de Blasio include increased funding for the City’s special education data system in the Preliminary Budget.  It is critical that the City have... Read more

AFC in the News

Advocates decry Fariña’s explanation of low graduation rates among English learners
02.23.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | A student’s high school placement is directly connected to whether or not they will graduate on time, advocates said. When newly arrived immigrants enter the country, they have to move quickly to pass the state’s required exit exams in time for graduation — and they need all the support they can get, advocates... Read more

I-Team: Policing the Schools: Minority Students More Likely to Be Suspended or Arrested
02.20.2017 | NBC New York | In New York City, there has also been an intense focus on prevention with the hiring of more guidance counselors, funding of preventive resources and a closer partnership with the NYPD, which polices schools...“The city is on a trajectory generally of decreasing suspensions, arrests, summons or tickets to youth in... Read more

Special Needs Students Participate in City's First Social Studies Fair at the New-York Historical Society
02.13.2017 | NY1 | The Chancellor was impressed, and so was an advocate who often criticizes the city for not adequately serving students with special needs. "We worry that they aren't getting access to the curriculum and to all of the academic content but they clearly are based on all of the projects that I've seen today," said Maggie Moroff,... Read more

Are New York City’s dropout and grad rates for English learners as bad as they look?
02.10.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates are not having the city’s argument. Current English Language Learners already graduate in such small percentages that any backslide is concerning, said Abja Midha, a project director at Advocates for Children. About 31 percent of the city’s ELL students graduated in 2016. “The fact that the graduation... Read more