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6.12.2012 | AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the importance of mandatory kindergarten and the need to address concerns regarding the city’s special education reform. The ARISE Coalition, coordinated by AFC, testified as well. View AFC's testimony here, and the ARISE Coalition's here.

6.11.2012 | Join AFC in opposing Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut 47,000 children from early childhood and after-school programs and in supporting mandatory kindergarten. Read our action alert here to have your voice heard and download  the Campaign for Children petition here.

6.6.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Finance, urging Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to reject the devastating proposal to cut 47,000 children from early childhood education and after-school programs...View testimony

6.5.2012 | AFC testified before the Office of School and Youth Development, New York City Department of Education regarding the importance to changes in the discipline code that would lead away from schools' use of punishment and exclusion and towards positive, school-wide approaches to discipline and safety that improve school climate, reduce conflict, and increase learning.... View testimony

5.23.2012 | The ARISE Coalition and AFC have each released new publications to help parents understand their rights in the special education reform. The Coalition’s “Special Education Reform Fact Sheet” stresses that parents’ rights have not changed. Download the fact sheet in English or Spanish. AFC’s “Kindergarten Placement for Students with IEPs” focuses specifically on the “Turning 5” placement process. Download the fact sheet in English or Spanish.

5.15.2012 | In 1996, the New York State Education Department set in motion the phase out of the local diploma in an effort to have all students fulfill the requirements for the more rigorous Regents diploma. After 15 years of phase out and a last-minute proposal to extend the local diploma only for students with disabilities, up to 14,000 general education students in New York State who still rely on the local diploma to graduate from high school will now fail to graduate this June because the local diploma will no longer be available to them. Most will be Black, Hispanic, English Language Learners, poor, and in large urban areas. The Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma urges the State to take a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to creating alternative pathways to a high school diploma. Until New York develops multiple pathways to a diploma, however, we cannot eliminate current options, like the local diploma, that provide real opportunities for our young people. Click here to learn what you can do to take action.

5.09.2012 | Advocates for Children of New York’s Spring Benefit on May 8, 2012 was a great success. Once again, The Rubin Museum was packed! Thank you to our over 500 supporters! Your continued generosity enables us to protect the education rights of every NYC child. 

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(Pictured left to right: Richard Beattie, recipient of Jill Chaifetz Award for Excellence in Educational Advocacy; Eric A. DeGiaimo, recipient of The Education Champion Award; and presenter, Harold Ford, Jr.)

5.01.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services and the Committee on Education regarding the negative consequences that the city-wide shortage of school-based mental health services has on schools and their students... Read testimony   

4.19.2012 | Luisa Piñeiro Fuentes was an educator in the New York City public schools for 38 years, and served as principal at PS/MS 279 and PS 307. She fought constantly to establish a safe and loving environment in her schools, and to secure the necessary resources for any child in her community who was in need.

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AFC is incredibly proud and honored that Ms. Fuentes' family and friends have selected AFC as the recipient of donations made in her memory in recognition of our shared mission “to protect every child’s right to learn.” Click here to learn more about Ms. Fuentes and to make a donation in her honor.

4.17.2012 | AFC Executive Director, Kim Sweet, is a member of the New York City Working Group on School Transformation, which released a report calling on the city’s Department of Education to support low-performing schools, rather than simply closing them. The Working Group, initiated by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and coordinated by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, grew out of a 2011 conference that presented successful alternatives to school closings. Read the report