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Spotlight

AFC signs on to an amicus brief in Department of Commerce v. New York
03.27.2019 | Advocates for Children signed on to an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Department of Commerce v. New York, challenging the proposed question on the 2020 census concerning citizenship status. The brief argues that including a citizenship question on the census will result in an undercount of immigrant... Read more

AFC Testifies in Support of the Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan
03.27.2019 | Tonight, AFC is testifying before the Panel for Educational Policy in support of the City’s proposal to include $750 million to improve school accessibility in the 2020-2024 Capital Plan. That investment in accessibility, the City’s largest to date, will literally open doors to include and integrate individuals who are far... Read more

AFC’s Fiscal Year 2020 City Budget Priorities
03.20.2019 | Click on the links below to learn more about each of AFC's advocacy priorities for the fiscal year 2020 City budget. On March 20, 2019, we testified [PDF] before the City Council Committee on Education on the preliminary budget and the importance of increasing funding for school social workers, direct mental health... Read more

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2020 Preliminary Education Budget
03.20.2019 | Today, AFC is testifying before the City Council Committee on Education on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers, direct mental health support for students, educational support for students who are homeless and students in foster care, and preschool special... Read more

AFC in the News

NYC politicians push Mayor de Blasio for homeless child funding
04.18.2019 | New York Daily News | In March, 15 groups who work with children and the homeless called on de Blasio to restore the money in his $92 billion budget — unveiled in February — which is the biggest in the city’s history. Now 35 city council members have joined the push, with all of them signing a letter delivered to the mayor on... Read more

In his first year, Carranza has tackled historic inequities — but change is slow to reach the classroom
03.29.2019 | Chalkbeat New York | Advocates who want to see the city improve the way it supports students who are learning English, a vulnerable population more likely to struggle in school and drop out, are similarly waiting to see how the new chancellor’s new leadership structure will translate to the classroom. “We understand that practically,... Read more

Education Advocates to SCOTUS: Leave Citizenship Out of Census
03.29.2019 | Education Week | The KIPP Foundation, a charter network; Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit working on behalf of disadvantaged students; the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, an advocacy organization for urban communities; and UnidosUS, which works on behalf of Latinos, sent an amicus (or "friend of the court")... Read more

Education officials ramp up focus on foster youth, but advocates ask if it’s enough
03.28.2019 | Chalkbeat New York | [T]hat effort — largely building on what already exists — still falls short of what advocates and elected officials want in a new push to support those students. “It’s good that someone is thinking about how to connect kids in foster care to existing DOE programs, but we think that more is needed,” said Randi... Read more