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AFC’s help enrolling in a new high school marked “the beginning of my happiness!”

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12 Wayra

“I can never thank you enough for your patience, understanding, and dedication to my daughter's case.”

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13 Immigrant rights

Resources for immigrant students and families in NYC public schools

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13 Tayloni

“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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3 Angelisa

Congratulations to our 2017 high school graduates!

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35 CTE report

Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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35 Omar

“I can’t imagine how different [his] circumstances would’ve been without your advocacy.”

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AFC Files Federal Complaints on Behalf of Students Requiring Nursing Services to Attend School
12.22.2017 | In the fall of 2017, AFC with Greenberg Traurig, LLP filed federal complaints against the New York City Department of Education on behalf of four parents whose children did not receive the nursing services that they required to attend school. As a result of the lack of nursing services, two of the students were unable to attend school... Read more

New AFC Resource: Guide to Preventing & Addressing Bullying
12.19.2017 | Advocates for Children has a new guide on preventing and addressing bullying! This guide describes bullying behavior and signs a child may be bullied. It also includes the education rights of students who are bullied or engaged in bullying behavior and attend NYC Department of Education schools, including special protections for... Read more

New Data Analysis Shows Racial Disparities in Schools’ Response to Students in Emotional Crisis
11.02.2017 | Today, Advocates for Children of New York is releasing a brief analyzing data reported by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) showing that Black students are significantly over-represented in NYPD “child in crisis” interventions – incidents involving students in emotional distress sent to the hospital for psychological... Read more

Response to Release of NYC DOE Special Education Data
11.01.2017 |  Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the New York City Department of Education’s annual report of information regarding students receiving special education services pursuant to Local Law 27: In reviewing the data just released by the... Read more

AFC in the News

Bullying in NY Public Schools
01.16.2018 | WBAI Radio | Equal Justice Works fellow Gena Miller spoke with WBAI Radio's The Morning Show about bullying in New York City public schools, particularly as it affects LGBTQ students. Listen to the segement:  Read more

New York: Schools teaching the homeless
01.02.2018 | Al Jazeera | AFC Policy Director Randi Levine was interviewed for this segment on the rising number of New York City students experiencing homelessness. Read more

17 Wins in 2017: Nonprofits Driving Policy Change
12.21.2017 | Huffington Post | Throughout 2017, immigrants across the nation have faced threats of deportation and discrimination from Washington. In New York City, many of our grantee partners have been working to make sure the city’s schools are safe places for young immigrants. Advocates for Children received support earlier this year to... Read more

Parents Say DOE Is Failing Their Disabled Kids
12.20.2017 | NBC New York | Parents of children with disabilities are suing the city Department of Education, which they say has denied their children an education by failing to provide the support services they need. Melissa Russo reports in an I-Team exclusive. Watch segment Read more