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

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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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15 Micaela

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

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25 Literacy Paper

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

27 Benefit 2016

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3 Kalilah

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

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4 Carlos

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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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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Spotlight

Get Ready for Back to School!
08.25.2016 | The first day of school is Thursday, September 8! In preparation, we've updated our back-to-school fact sheet for families of students with disabilities, which covers concerns that typically come up at this time of year, such as what to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve... Read more

AFC Testifies on Proposed Changes to the New York City School Discipline Code
08.08.2016 | This evening, AFC is testifying at the DOE’s hearing on proposed changes to the Discipline Code. Our testimony focuses on the proposals to ban suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade, require schools to document supports and interventions used, and expand the options for the length of suspensions. View testimony... Read more

AFC Supports the City’s Adoption and Funding of Recommendations by the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline
07.21.2016 | Today, the City announced its intention to implement the recommendation of the Mayoral Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline to modify the Department of Education’s (DOE’s) discipline code to end suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade and increase support for positive behavior interventions in schools... Read more

National Coalition Urges Passage of New York School Discipline Reform Legislation
06.07.2016 | A coalition of national, statewide and local organizations today urged passage of A.8396, the Judge Judith S. Kaye Safe and Supportive School Act, New York legislation aimed at promoting positive school climates and reducing racial discipline disparities. Their remarks come on the heels of new national data released by the U.S.... Read more

AFC in the News

What do New York City’s youngest students get suspended for, anyway?
08.23.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Dawn Yuster, who directs Advocates for Children’s School Justice Project, largely echoed those arguments. She said the most serious infractions, including using force against a school safety agent, are often the result of student behavior that is misidentified or mismanaged from the start. “This charge doesn’t... Read more

Debating the K-2 suspension ban
08.09.2016 | Politico New York | The Department of Education held a hearing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s newly announced ban on suspensions for children in grades Kindergarten through second grade on Monday evening, which was notably well-attended for a mid-summer hearing in an un-air conditioned auditorium in Chelsea. The hearing was... Read more

Presentations and portfolios take the place of tests for some students
07.27.2016 | Hechinger Report | Whether because of test anxiety or other reasons, students in states with exit exams are generally less likely to graduate than those in states without the tests, according to research compiled by Advocates for Children of New York. The gap is especially pronounced for English language learners and students... Read more

The city is paying for more students with disabilities to attend private school; advocates say problems persist
07.08.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates noted that the reimbursement process still favors families with access to money, information, and legal help – and that making it easier for those families is a tacit acknowledgement that many disabled students are likely not getting what they need in the city’s public schools. “What it says to me is... Read more