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1 Benefit 2015

Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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15 EB settlement

City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

2 Jake

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

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25 Bill Jesinkey

∙ IN MEMORIAM ∙
Bill Jesinkey, 
1934—2014

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3 Josh

Josh came to AFC when he was 20 years old because he was desperate to learn how to read.

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4 Donate

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5 Charter School Discipline Paper

Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies

6 Paige

Back to school with AFC: What a difference a year makes!

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7 Jemma/Early Childhood

Get ready for pre-K and kindergarten with our early childhood resources!

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Spotlight

City Settles Class Action Lawsuit on Discipline of Students with Disabilities
05.20.2015 | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (DPW) announced today a settlement with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) of a long-standing class action lawsuit on behalf of students with disabilities who are subject to disciplinary action while in New York City public schools. The lawsuit,... Read more

IN MEMORIAM ∙ Bill Jesinkey, 1934—2014
William (Bill) Jesinkey, the founding Executive Director of Advocates for Children and a leader in special education in New York City, died on December 25, 2014, at the age of 80. Bill was a brilliant and imaginative thinker and practical doer, who throughout his career was able to bring people and groups together and use untapped resources to... Read more

Upcoming Event: Panel Discussion & Parent Speak Out on Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
04.24.2015 | The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by Advocates for Children), is launching a campaign to improve literacy instruction for students with disabilities. See our Call to Action (also available in Spanish and Chinese) for more details, and visit the Coalition's Change.org page to send a letter to Chancellor Fariña (click here... Read more

Apply to Pre-K!
04.22.2015 | Families with children born in 2011 may apply to Pre-K by Friday, April 24th. To apply to full-day Pre-K for All programs at public schools and New York City Early Education Centers (community-based organizations), you should use the Department of Education’s centralized application form. You can list up to 12 Pre-K for All programs... Read more

AFC in the News

D.O.E. settles lawsuit over students with disabilities
05.20.2015 | Capital New York | The group Advocates for Children on Wednesday settled a class action lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against the Department of Education on behalf of students with disabilities who were disciplined in city schools. The lawsuit, filed in 2002 during the Bloomberg administration, alleged special needs students... Read more

Council Bills Aimed at Clarity, Improvement Around School Discipline and Support
04.13.2015 | Gotham Gazette | Nick Sheehan, staff attorney at Advocates for Children, shares Chowdhury's view. Torres' bill, he said, would increase transparency "about how the City chooses to allocate its resources." He went further, saying the bill should also add ratios of social workers and school psychologists to school safety agents, and the... Read more

City invests in new efforts to help struggling readers, but some say more is needed
04.07.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | When students start to show signs of significant reading difficulties — they struggle to make sense of individual words and whole texts — then experts say they need frequent, specialized help with their basic reading skills. But that demands highly trained teachers and well-structured programs. “For kids who need... Read more

NYC Families Get Word of Eligibility for Gifted Classes
04.06.2015 | SchoolBook | “The City needs to find a way to provide access to these programs for a broader range of New York City's children,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. She said the city's expanded pre-k options could help by providing information on gifted programs and the required tests to a wider range of four... Read more