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

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12 IDEA at 40

Celebrating 40 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act!

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15 Carlos

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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7 Jake

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

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8 Benefit 2015

Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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9 Ashley

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on the New York State Executive Budget Proposals
01.27.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2016-2017 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase investments in education programs such as Career and Technical Education (CTE), prekindergarten, and support for English Language Learners (ELLs). Earlier... Read more

Free Event: Expert Panel & Parent Speak Out on Assistive Technology
01.19.2016 | On the evening of February 10, the ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) will be sponsoring a panel and parent speak out on assistive technology for students with disabilities. Download a larger version of the flyer in English and Spanish. Read more

Response to Governor Cuomo’s Education Budget
01.14.2016 | In response to the release of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016-2017 Executive Budget, Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) released the following statement: Governor Cuomo’s proposed education budget misses an opportunity to help tens of thousands of students throughout New York State who need targeted support to succeed in... Read more

Statement in Response to the State Education Department’s Proposal for Expanding Graduation Pathways
01.11.2016 | Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, issued the following statement in response to the proposal for expanding graduation pathways for all students discussed at today’s Board of Regents meeting: New York State's emphasis on five high-stakes standardized exit exams continues to be an unnecessary... Read more

AFC in the News

City Warns Schools Not to Let Budget Constraints Shrink Special Ed Services
02.10.2016 | DNAInfo | Advocates hailed the DOE's first step as a positive sign. The fact that special education FAQ clearly states that budget, staff and space can’t limit services is “big,” said Maggie Moroff, of Advocates for Children. “They’re trying to send a real message to the schools,” she said, noting how her group “used to fight all the... Read more

Arguing for mayoral control, de Blasio sparks a spat over charter school funding
01.26.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Others say the repeated battles over the specifics of mayoral control have become a distraction. “This is another issue that takes away from the issues that we want to focus on if we have to go back to the table each year and debate mayoral control,” said Randi Levine, a project director at Advocates for Children... Read more

Education Advocates Point to Achievement Gap as NY Graduation Rates Rise
01.14.2016 | Public News Service | New Education Department data show the rate inched up just under 2 percent to 78.1 percent for the class that entered in 2011 and graduated in 2015. This comes as state education officials consider new pathways to graduation other than standardized tests, which Abja Midha, project director at Advocates for... Read more

Should a failed Regents exam mean a project-based second chance? Officials set to discuss
01.10.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | The state created the CDOS credential in 2013 as a way to signal students’ readiness for entry-level employment. But the credential is not accepted in place of a diploma, keeping students from attending college, entering the military or finding a job in most cases, advocates said. “The CDOS commencement credential... Read more