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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Events

AFC's 2016 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

1 Micaela

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

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12 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

15 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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16 Jemma/Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students

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17 Kendall

Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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3 Carlos

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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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 IDEA at 40

Celebrating 40 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act!

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on the Needs of Students with Dyslexia and Related Language-Based Learning Disabilities
04.19.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services about the need to make certain that our public schools are prepared to provide all students, including those with dyslexia and other disabilities, with... Read more

Statement in Response to NYC’s Release of Student Safety Act Data
03.31.2016 | In response to today’s release of data pursuant to the Student Safety Act, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released the following statement: The continued decline in suspensions is good news for the New York City public schools and the students they serve.  In an increasing number... Read more

AFC Junior Board & NYU Ed Law Panel: Technology and Education Equity
03.31.2016 | On Thursday, April 14, AFC's Junior Board and NYU Law School's Education Law and Policy Society will hold a panel on technology and education equity. The event is free, but please register in advance if you plan on attending.  Read more

New AFC White Paper on Discipline for Students with Disabilities
03.14.2016 | AFC presented this white paper, Discipline for Students with Disabilities: Support Rather than Exclusion, the national conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). The paper discusses the rights of students with disabilities to behavioral supports, and individual and systemic advocacy strategies... Read more

AFC in the News

How a Brooklyn school created for teens who’ve been held back is getting them to graduation
04.20.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Zeroing in on students’ specific needs is baked into the curriculum. Since every student is somehow behind, teachers focus on making sure students master foundational skills before moving on. ... Brooklyn Frontiers’ approach was recently praised in an Advocates for Children report that featured the school’s... Read more

De Blasio Administration Numbers: City Public Schools Suspending Fewer Students
03.31.2016 | NY1 | Student suspensions were down 32 percent this past summer and fall compared to the same period a year earlier. The city claims it's the direct result of a new disciplinary policy ordered by Mayor Bill de Blasio. "It means fewer kids missing class time, and it means more schools have started to use these research-based practices... Read more

Number of city school suspensions continue to drop, according to data released by NYC Department of Education
03.31.2016 | New York Daily News | For the first time, the city released data on how many students were transported by EMS from district schools. About 14%, or 601 of the 4,305 transports were related to the emotional or psychological condition of students. “This supports calls for expanding mental health services for students,” said Kim Sweet of... Read more

School suspensions continue to drop sharply under de Blasio
03.31.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates have long criticized schools that resort to 911 calls to deal with disorderly students instead of employing other strategies to diffuse conflicts. A 2014 settlement barred schools from making 911 calls before trying to de-escalate the situation. “This first batch of data on EMS referrals supports the... Read more