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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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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

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


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

Report Finds Language Services Lacking in City Schools
06.16.2015 | NY1 | A new report has uncovered major gaps in access to translation and interpretation services for immigrant parents in city schools. "Parents have a right to translation and interpretation services. Translation and interpretation services should be available in, at least, the top nine languages in New York City," said Abja Midha,... Read more

Op-ed: NY’s Graduation Exams are Failing Our Students
06.12.2015 | City Limits | This month we celebrate commencement for thousands of high school students throughout New York state. Many will attend college, learn a new trade or enter the workforce. Graduating high school in New York is no small feat. Besides required courses, students must pass five standardized exit exams, known as the Regents.... Read more

Audio System Allows Students at Bronx School to Hear More Clearly
06.07.2015 | NY1 | Student advocates say hearing tests are not required in New York City public schools, so students with hearing problems can go undetected, and that can affect academic performance. “We’ve heard from audiologists that hearing impairments are much more common in students than generally people are aware of.” Watch video segment Read more

D.O.E. settles lawsuit over students with disabilities
05.20.2015 | Capital New York | The group Advocates for Children on Wednesday settled a class action lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against the Department of Education on behalf of students with disabilities who were disciplined in city schools. The lawsuit, filed in 2002 during the Bloomberg administration, alleged special needs students... Read more