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

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Celebrating 40 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act!


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Back to school with Advocates for Children

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17 Kendall

Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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4 EB settlement

City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

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45 Laura

Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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5 Bill Jesinkey

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7 Jake

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

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Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)!
November 2015 | This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (formerly called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act), which was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on November 29, 1975. This landmark legislation, which underlies almost all of Advocates for Children’s work... Read more

Transitioning to Kindergarten: Updated Resources & Orientation Meetings
11.16.2015 | Children born in 2011 are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2016, and there are steps that families can start taking now to prepare for this important milestone! From November 16th through December 10th, the DOE is holding Kindergarten Orientation Meetings to provide information about the transition to kindergarten... Read more

Statement on Algebra Regents Exam Pass Rates
11.06.2015 | Pass rates fell dramatically last year for students who took the Algebra Regents exam. This happened in the midst of a shift to the Common Core and had a particularly profound effect on several at-risk student populations, including students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students of color.While many students... Read more

AFC Comments on the DOE's Proposed Community Schools Policy
10.30.2015 | Today AFC submitted comments on the New York City Department of Education’s Proposed Community Schools Policy, which we view as an important vehicle for creating shared language and expectations around the City’s Community Schools Initiative. View comments Read more

AFC in the News

Children in NYC Shelters Denied Buses to School, Forced to Take Long Subway Trips
11.24.2015 | NBC 4 New York | Under federal law, children living in shelters and temporary housing are entitled to free transportation due to their vulnerable state. But in many cases in New York City, the free transportation they get is not a big yellow school bus, but a small yellow MetroCard for long, exhausting subway trips...Kim Sweet of the... Read more

Too many of NYC’s youngest special-ed students are isolated, state says
11.18.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | The efforts are propelled by research that suggests that many students with disabilities benefit from mixed-ability classes starting at an early age. “Whenever possible, a preschooler should learn alongside typically developing peers,” said Randi Levine, early childhood education project director at Advocates for... Read more

A Daunting Trip to School for Some Homeless Children
11.13.2015 | New York Times | Homeless advocates say the city is not considering the impact on the children being placed in such far-flung accommodations. Already facing family and financial instability, these children often miss school and spend more time asleep because of the grueling commutes confronting them...Kim Sweet, executive director of... Read more

Under de Blasio, no measures of success or failure for schools serving the neediest kids
11.13.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Meanwhile, the lack of any reports for these schools creates challenges for families who want to monitor how their children’s schools are performing, or who are looking to move a child to a different school. That is especially true for transfer schools, since they each have different admissions criteria. And to... Read more