Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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AFC's 2016 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

1 Benefit 2016

AFC's 2016 Spring Benefit is June 8!

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1 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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12 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

15 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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16 Jemma/Donate

Help Advocates for Children assist more New York City students

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3 Carlos

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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4 EB settlement

City settles class action lawsuit on discipline of students with disabilities

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7 Jake

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

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8 IDEA at 40

Celebrating 40 years of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act!

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AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2017 New York City Budget
05.24.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying about the city budget before the City Council Committee on Finance, asking that the final budget include increased funding for DOE social workers for students living in shelters and for restorative justice programs. View testimony Read more

Statement on Mayoral Control
05.19.2016 | As the New York State Senate Education Committee holds a hearing today on mayoral control of New York City schools, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released the following statement supporting a long-term extension of mayoral control: As a watchdog agency working to protect the rights of... Read more

AFC Testifies on the Needs of Students with Dyslexia and Related Language-Based Learning Disabilities
04.19.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services about the need to make certain that our public schools are prepared to provide all students, including those with dyslexia and other disabilities, with... Read more

Statement in Response to NYC’s Release of Student Safety Act Data
03.31.2016 | In response to today’s release of data pursuant to the Student Safety Act, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released the following statement: The continued decline in suspensions is good news for the New York City public schools and the students they serve.  In an increasing number... Read more

AFC in the News

New York’s special education district gets a new leader and a charge to blur its borders
05.17.2016 | Chalkbeat New York |  Advocates who have been pushing for more inclusion for [District 75] students say it should continue to exist, even though figuring out exactly who it is for “is a really hard question,” according to Maggie Moroff, special education policy coordinator at Advocates for Children...The district has sometimes... Read more

Turning 5: Helping Families of Preschoolers with Disabilities Navigate the Transition to Kindergarten in New York City
May 2016 | Voices in Urban Education (VUE) | The Turning 5 work group – a collaboration between Advocates for Children of New York, the New York City Department of Education, and other partner organizations – provides support to families of students with disabilities facing the challenges of transitioning to kindergarten. This article by... Read more

It's Now Easier to Get a High School Diploma
04.29.2016 | DNA Info | Until this spring, only students with special needs were eligible for the alternative graduation credit program. Disabilities advocates, however, fought to expand it to all students, arguing that schools needed an incentive to bolster these career-focused programs and put more resources into them. “By limiting [this... Read more

How a Brooklyn school created for teens who’ve been held back is getting them to graduation
04.20.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Zeroing in on students’ specific needs is baked into the curriculum. Since every student is somehow behind, teachers focus on making sure students master foundational skills before moving on. ... Brooklyn Frontiers’ approach was recently praised in an Advocates for Children report that featured the school’s... Read more