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10.23.2013 | Today AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice regarding the educational needs of students in the custody of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in non-secure placement through Close to Home. Our testimony expresses concerns about the quality and consistency of education across all of the non-secure placement facilities, and encourages ACS to continue to improve the initial placement process by ensuring that the educational needs of youth and a student’s grade and age are given due consideration during the placement process. Read testimony

10.21.2013 | AFC has a new guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students in New York City public schools! It answers common questions about LGBTQ youth in public schools and lays out LGBTQ students’ rights and what to do if these rights have been violated. It covers topics such as bullying and harassment; school transfers; changing your name at school; starting a Gay-Straight Alliance; and the rights of students living in temporary housing. View the guide 

10.17.2013 | Today AFC staff are wearing purple in support of Spirit Day, an annual day in October when millions of Americans speak out against bullying and show their support for LGBTQ youth! Learn more at http://glaad.org/spiritday.

AFC staff wearing purple

10.09.2013 | AFC Board Member Kevin Curnin received the Champion of Justice Award from Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice on October 7! Kevin was honored for his work as founding Director of the Public Service Project at Stroock, Stroock & Lavan.

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Kevin with Professor Elizabeth Cooper

10.08.2013 | AFC has a new guide to college! The guide provides information on the application process, financial aid, accommodations and services for students with disabilities, and resources for support. View the guide

10.02.2013 | AFC submitted testimony to the Education Committee of the New York City Council supporting a one-year moratorium on school closings and additional community notification, but opposing a resolution giving Community Education Councils veto power over proposed co-locations. Read our testimony.

9.26.2013 | J.G. et al. v. Mills is a 2004 federal court case brought by Advocates for Children of New York and the Legal Aid Society against the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The settlement requires the DOE to assist students going and coming from court-ordered facilities and the school system. Our updated fact sheet explains students' rights under J.G.

9.04.2013 | The Student Safety Coalition, a diverse group of educators, parents, students, advocates and legal experts, today called on New York City’s next mayor to implement reforms to end overly aggressive policing in the city schools and restore authority over school discipline to professional educators. Read the press release here and the Coalition's guiding principles here.

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AFC Executive Director Kim Sweet speaking at the press conference.

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Student organizers and other attendees.

8.30.2013 | AFC has a newly updated fact sheet to help families of students with disabilities through the start of the school year. It covers a number of concerns that typically come up at this time of year, including: 

  • What to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve the child’s needs; 
  • How to find an accessible school; and 
  • What to bring to a new school to enroll your child.

Click here to view the fact sheet in English and here to view it in Spanish.

8.29.2013 | We have updated our four fact sheets on charter schools and school co-locations. Questions and Answers about Charter Schools (also available in Spanish) provides an introduction to charter schools, questions to ask as you consider applying to charter schools, and the rights of parents and students in charter schools. Rights of Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools (also available in Spanish) explains the rights that students with disabilities have to receive special education evaluations and services at charter schools. Fact Sheet on the Legal Requirements for School Co-Location in New York City and Appeals to the Commissioner of Education Relating to School Co-Locations answer commonly asked questions about the requirements for school co-location and explain the process for filing an appeal to the Commissioner of Education.