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7.26.2012 | City Limits | The city hopes EarlyLearn will make for higher-quality city-funded daycare. Despite funding shortages and doubts about the way contracts were awarded, some agencies and advocates believe the program has promise... Read Article

7.03.2012 | New York Times | Elementary schools in New York must screen their students for literacy problems in a new way, beginning this month.  The goal is to get students the help they need as soon as possible, but the city's Department of Education also hopes the program will reduce referrals to special education... Read Article

6.21.2012 | World Journal Chinese Press | AFC and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) filed a complaint  with the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education against the DOE for its systemic failure to provide translation and interpretation services to tens of thousands of limited English proficient (LEP) parents, in violation of  local, state, and federal civil rights...read article

6.20.2012 | New York Daily News | Parents who don't speak English and have kids with special-education needs have systematically been denied access to translations for key documents and interpreters at required school meetings for at least the past three years, Advocates for Children and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest say.  Read article

6.20.2012 | Gotham Schools | Advocates filed a federal complaint today against the city Department of Education that they said represents years of troubling reports from parents who don’t speak English. Hundreds of those parents have come to the advocacy groups with concerns that the department doesn’t provide sufficient language services for navigating special education. And with extensive special education reforms in progress, the need for language services is more pressing than ever, said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. AFC, which represents low-income students and students with disabilities, joined with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to file the complaint with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights on behalf of 19 city families. The complaint charges the city with violating federal, state, and city laws by failing to provide translation services for the parents of children with special needs.   Read article

6.20.2012 | NY1 News | Advocates for Children of New York and Lawyers for the Public Interest said the lack of services is hindering tens of thousands of parents from becoming involved with their children's special education programs. Click here to watch coverage.

6.20.2012 | New York Times/SchoolBook | Kim Sweet, the executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, said that these parents were eager to participate in their children’s education, but were hampered by their lack of English proficiency, and that the city has not shown the necessary support. “They really can’t participate or speak out,” Ms. Sweet said, “because despite their requests, they’re not able to get materials in their own languages.” Read article

6.19.2012 | Gotham Schools | Students without disabilities also struggle to pass the required exams, and they too would benefit from a more robust rethinking of what it should take to graduate from high school in New York City, said Gisela Alvarez, a project director for Advocates for Children. Read article

6.18.2012 | Gotham Schools | The state’s highest court ruled last week that public school students cannot use New York’s human rights law to seek recognition of discrimination — or get financial compensation when discrimination has taken place. Never before have courts ruled that such a large group of constituents is not protected by the law, said Rebecca Shore, the director of litigation for Advocates for Children, which aims to protect low-income students from discrimination. Read article

6.13.2012 | NY1 | The policy has been tested in a 260-school pilot program since 2010. But council members and advocates say the city is now expanding it to all 1,700 schools before fully studying key factors, like behavior and discipline, of students in the pilot. "The public really needs to know what happened in those 260 schools," said Maggie Moroff of Advocates for Children of NY. Read article