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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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Congratulations to our 2015 high school graduates!

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15 Disability Pride Month

AFC joins in celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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2 Benefit 2015

Thank you for supporting the 2015 Spring Benefit!

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3 Jake

Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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31 EB settlement

City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

32 Bill Jesinkey

∙ IN MEMORIAM ∙
Bill Jesinkey, 
1934—2014

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5 Charter School Discipline Paper

Civil Rights Suspended: An Analysis of New York City Charter School Discipline Policies

Spotlight

Statement by AFC Regarding Charter School Oversight
06.30.2015 | In response to SUNY’s decision to stop authorizing new charter schools unless more funding is available for oversight, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement: We were glad to see the state’s major charter school authorizer speak out on the need for more oversight... Read more

New AFC Resource: Appeal Options for Regents Exams
06.29.2015 | AFC has a new fact sheet explaining the available appeal options for students whose Regents exam scores are keeping them from graduating from high school. Typically, students must pass five Regents exams, with scores of 65 or higher, in order to graduate. However, in certain cases, students can appeal their lower Regents exam... Read more

AFC Testifies on the New York City Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2016
06.09.2015 | Today AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Finance to request that the final budget include increased funding for Committee on Special Education staff and increased funding for progressive discipline support. View testimony Read more

City Settles Class Action Lawsuit on Discipline of Students with Disabilities
05.20.2015 | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (DPW) announced today a settlement with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) of a long-standing class action lawsuit on behalf of students with disabilities who are subject to disciplinary action while in New York City public schools. The lawsuit,... Read more

AFC in the News

Translation Services Still Lacking for Some Public School Parents
07.27.2015 | WNYC Schoolbook | Every school has access to over-the-phone interpretation services, but the NYIC surveyed 175 parents this year and found that only six percent of them had ever used it. “Language Line is available in more than 200 languages,” said Abja Midha, Project Director for Immigrant Students’ Rights at Advocates for Children,... Read more

Concerns mount over tougher Algebra Regents test, and officials promise a review
07.15.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Rubel worries that English language learners and students with disabilities could be disproportionately affected. Of the roughly 9,600 English language learners who took the new test in 2014, when the old test was available as a safety net, 26 percent passed. Of the larger group who took the old exam over three... Read more

Evaluation delays leave some students with disabilities waiting for help
07.13.2015 | Chalkbeat New York | Finally, she contacted the nonprofit Advocates for Children, which flagged her case for the education department in February. Amira finally was evaluated the next month — two years after Barrett’s first request. “Two years in the life of a six-year-old is a third of her life,” said Maggie Moroff, Advocates for... Read more

New School Offices Open for Business in Each Borough
07.07.2015 | WNYC Schoolbook | Maggie Moroff, a special education policy coordinator with the group Advocates for Children, said she was still waiting for more clarity around this whole process. "Obviously, parents had a horrible time getting the help they needed under the old system," she said. "So, if this new system actually allows parents to... Read more