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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

New York Bar Foundation Presents Grant to Advocates for Children of New York
05.24.2016 | The New York Bar Foundation recently presented a grant of $6,200 to Advocates for Children of New York. The grant will be used to support their Assistance for Children with Disabilities program. “The support of the New York Bar Foundation will help make it possible for us to provide legal services to low-income students... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2017 New York City Budget
05.24.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying about the city budget before the City Council Committee on Finance, asking that the final budget include increased funding for DOE social workers for students living in shelters and for restorative justice programs. View testimony [PDF] Read more

AFC in the News

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

One Of The Nation’s Poorest Districts Has Found A Way To Help Immigrant Students
07.02.2016 | Huffington Post | Abja Midha is a project director with Advocates for Children of New York, one of two organizations that filed the complaint against the New York City Department of Education. Midha says there is still a disconnect between policy and practice. Few parents know about the language access complaint line, and even some... Read more

New York State Eases Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities
06.15.2016 | Education Week | Abja Midha, a project director for Advocates for Children, an organization that supports multiple pathways for high school diplomas, said in an interview with Education Week that the new option is welcome—but that it comes with some concerns. First, it makes it even more complicated for families and schools to figure... Read more

Principals wonder how last-minute graduation rule changes will affect their students
06.14.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Several advocates for students with disabilities said easing graduation standards could help students earn a diploma and enable them to apply for a vocational program, get a job, or join the military. Those options were not available under a previous credential New York offered for students with disabilities that... Read more