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More Than 20 Organizations Call On DOE Chancellor to Address the Needs of Students in Foster Care
06.24.2020 | Today, Advocates for Children joined more than 20 organizations calling on the DOE to appoint a senior-level leader to focus full-time on students in foster care and to honor its Fiscal Year 2020 commitment “to ensure bussing for students in foster care” and guarantee that students in foster care, who have a legal right to... Continue reading

AFC Urges DOE to Follow State Guidance & Let 21-Year-Old Students Stay in School
06.24.2020 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to new State guidance strongly encouraging school districts to provide over-age high school students the opportunity to return to school next year to finish meeting graduation requirements and to prepare for... Continue reading

AFC calls on New York City to invest in education, not criminalization
06.23.2020 | Today, AFC released a policy brief summarizing the proposed cuts to education funding in the Mayor's FY21 Executive Budget and the devastating impact these cuts would have on schools and students. The brief urges Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to reject cuts to education and ensure schools have more resources—not less—to address... Continue reading

AFC Calls for Removing Police from Schools and Re-envisioning School Safety Under the DOE
06.18.2020 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to recent statements by City Council Members and the President of the Teamsters Union Local 237 about removing police from schools:We support City Council Members’ call to move responsibility for school safety... Continue reading

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In New York, Hundreds of 3-Year-Olds With Disabilities Are on the Brink of Losing Services
06.25.2020 | The Chronicle of Social Change | Without an extension, the all-important transition to preschool special education, for many, will be in jeopardy. “We are very concerned that services will end abruptly for children who recently turned 3 but who have not yet had preschool special education evaluations,” wrote a coalition of 80... Continue reading

NYC students in foster care need their own education department point person, advocates say
06.24.2020 | Chalkbeat NY | “It would be great if someone within that office was tasked solely with looking at students in care as opposed to it being ... a very, very, very tiny part of a few people’s job,” said Erika Palmer, Supervising Attorney for Advocates for Children of New York.Palmer said students in foster care often don’t get the... Continue reading

Advocates push state to accommodate students aging out of school
06.15.2020 | POLITICO | "The young people aging out of school in two weeks are the same student populations who have been hardest hit by the pandemic itself and by the challenges of online learning," said Ashley Grant, a supervising staff attorney for AFC and coordinator of the statewide Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma. "COVID has... Continue reading

Remote Learning Doesn’t Support Special Education Learners
06.13.2020 | The River | “It is essentially the contract between the school district and the family that lays out all the support and services a student with a disability requires to make progress in school,” says Maggie Moroff, special education policy coordinator at Advocates for Children of New York. Moroff also helps coordinate the ARISE... Continue reading