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6.20.2012 | AFC and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) filed a complaint today 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 laws. Read the complaint here and read the press release here. All exhibits, including parent affidavits, are available on file with AFC. Please contact Abja Midha at (212) 822-9502 or amidha@afcnyc.org.

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2.09.2012 | When children miss out on kindergarten, they start behind and, far too often, stay behind. Speaker Quinn’s call for mandatory kindergarten is an important step toward ensuring that all children get the start they need to succeed in school.... Read statement

01.26.2012 | New website provides parents, students, and educators access to hundreds of free, education guides and resources, and important information about New York education issues and education law .... Read press release

12.12.2011 | As Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott moves to implement the latest round of school closures, AFC urges the Department of Education to learn from the lessons of prior years .... Read statement

10.11.2011 | AFC’s response to New York State’s announcement that it has reached an agreement with the New York City Department of Education on a plan to improve educational services for English Language Learners.... Read press release

3.2.2011 | The ARISE Coalition kicked off its new campaign which aims to improve transition planning for students with disabilities in New York City.... Read press release

10.28.2010 | In New York State, 14.5% of graduating students in 2009 received a local diploma, rather than the more rigorous Regents diploma. But the State is phasing out the local diploma as an option.... Read press release

8.3.2010 | State Education Commissioner Makes Clear That Special Education Schools Are Protected By State Law. New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner issued yesterday afternoon decisions in two appeals that Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. filed on behalf of public school parents challenging the New York City Department of Education’s decision to give more public school space to two charter schools.... Read press release

3.1.2010 | Advocates for Children of New York delivered an appeal to the New York State Commissioner of Education challenging the decision of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) of the Department of Education (DOE) to expand the co-location of PAVE Academy Charter School and P.S. 15 Patrick F. Daly.... Read press release