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AFC Response to the November Financial Plan
11.16.2023 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the City’s November Financial Plan: While we are still awaiting details of the cuts proposed today, one thing is already clear: it is simply not possible to reduce New York City Public... Continue reading

AFC Response to the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures
11.13.2023 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the recommendations of the New York State Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures: We thank the Board of Regents and the State Education Department (SED) for their commitment to... Continue reading

New Data Show 1 in 9 New York City Students Experienced Homelessness Last Year
11.01.2023 | Data released today by Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) show that 119,320 New York City students—roughly one in nine—experienced homelessness during the 2022–23 school year. While the recent increase in the number of immigrant families arriving in New York City has brought greater public attention to the issue, student... Continue reading

AFC Response to the Release of NYC Public Schools’ Proposed 2025–2029 Capital Plan
11.01.2023 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the New York City Public Schools’ (NYCPS) proposed FY 2025–2029 Five-Year Capital Plan: More than 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students, parents... Continue reading

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New York moves to cut reliance on Regents examination as HS graduation requirement
11.13.2023 | NY Daily News | “We have worked with far too many students who had the deck stacked against them,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of the group Advocates for Children of New York, “yet persevered and completed their coursework and were prepared to move on to post-secondary life — only to be blocked from a high school diploma... Continue reading

Migrant students face schooling uncertainty as NYC gives families 60 days to exit shelter
11.03.2023 | Gothamist | Under federal law, homeless students must have the option to remain in their schools if they choose to, even if they move shelters. But Jennifer Pringle of Advocates for Children said “this is often a right in name only.” “Between delays in arranging busing, a shortage of bus drivers, unreasonably long commute... Continue reading

A Record 119,300 New York City Students Were Homeless Last Year
11.01.2023 | The New York Times | The numbers are swelling as the city grapples with a housing shortage and schools face intense financial pressures. The constraints have left some crucial services for homeless students in the system, the nation’s largest, increasingly under threat. “The situation is becoming more dire,” leaders at Advocates... Continue reading

One in nine NYC students was homeless last year, analysis says
11.01.2023 | NY1 | “Students who are homeless in New York City could fill Barclays Center six times,” Randi Levine, policy director of Advocates for Children, said. It’s a record high, according to an analysis from Advocates for Children: 119,320 students experienced homelessness during the last school year. Of them, 40,840 stayed in... Continue reading