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Policy & Initiatives

Policy Agenda

Policy Agenda

AFC’s mission is to promote the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income families. At a minimum, this education must allow all students to become literate, develop social-emotional competence, and prepare for successful adult lives. In working toward these goals, parents must have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in their children’s education.

AFC focuses on assisting the students who need the most support to overcome barriers and succeed in school. Each year, we help thousands of individual students and parents navigate the New York City education system. Our on-the-ground experience allows us to identify systemic problems and solutions, driving our policy priorities.

We advocate for policies that promote:

►  Improved educational programs, opportunities, and outcomes for students from low-income families, students of color, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, students living in temporary housing, LGBTQ students, and students involved in the child welfare or the juvenile or criminal justice systems.

►  Positive approaches to discipline that reduce disparities in suspension rates based on race and disability and keep students in school.

►  School stability for students, particularly students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care so they can remain in their school even if their living situation changes.

►  Access to high-quality early childhood education programs and services that prepare zero-to-five-year-old children for kindergarten.

►  Multiple pathways to high school graduation, including paths that do not rely on high-stakes standardized testing, so that more students can graduate and access college or employment.

►  Parent engagement so all parents, including parents with Limited English Proficiency and parents of students with disabilities, can participate meaningfully in their children’s education.

►  Protection from discrimination for students in traditional public schools and charter schools.

Our Policy Agenda includes specific proposals regarding the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Students in Temporary Housing or Foster Care, Charter Schools, Early Childhood Education, and Pathways to a Diploma.

Download a copy of our complete Policy Agenda [PDF].