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AFC’s help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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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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Spotlight

AFC Response to Adoption of City Budget
06.14.2018 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the New York City Council’s vote to adopt the Fiscal Year 2019 city budget: School Accessibility: We thank the Mayor and the City Council for including in the budget an additional $150 million over... Read more

AFC’s Fiscal Year 2019 City Budget Priorities
06.06.2018 | On March 23, AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget. On May 24, we testified before the City Council Committee on Finance regarding the Executive Budget. Read our full March [PDF] and May [PDF] testimonies, and click on the links below... Read more

New Report Shows Need for More Social Workers at Schools with High Concentrations of Students Living in Shelters
05.24.2018 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York issued a new publication entitled Gaps in Social Workers for Students Living in Shelters [PDF], documenting the number of New York City schools with high concentrations of students living in shelters that do not have a social worker to serve these students. During the 2016-2017... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget
05.24.2018 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Committee on Finance on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers for students living in shelter, school accessibility for students with physical disabilities, and evidence-based practices to improve school climate. Read... Read more

AFC in the News

City budget includes influx for school accessibility, social workers for homeless students
06.12.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | Most of New York City’s schools are not considered fully accessible: entire neighborhoods lack schools that can accommodate students with physical disabilities. And since the city had already exhausted all of its funding to make schools more accessible for the next fiscal year, advocates feared there would be no... Read more

Mayor de Blasio urged to boost resources to tackle the rising homeless student population
06.05.2018 | New York Daily News | In a letter sent to de Blasio Monday, the leaders of 16 influential nonprofits that work with homeless students urged de Blasio to dramatically increase supports for those kids by adding staff and funding in his upcoming budget. “The growing number of students in temporary housing represents a crisis... Read more

What should it take to graduate? Inside the growing divide over whether to require New York’s vaunted Regents exams
05.03.2018 | Chalkbeat New York | The confusion surrounding Garcia’s diploma grows out of the system that New York’s education leaders have been creating for years — carving out new ways for students to graduate that rely less on the passing the state’s traditional five Regents exams. The goal is to ensure students like Garcia don’t get left... Read more

Pols, activists call for City Hall to fund homeless-student aid
04.18.2018 | New York Daily News | A group of 30 City Council members signed on to a letter sent to de Blasio on Monday that seeks at least $30.3 million for social workers and tutors, in addition to other measures to support homeless kids... Randi Levine, the policy coordinator for Advocates for Children, said her group also backs the push for... Read more