Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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AFC's 2017 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

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11 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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12 CTE report

Addressing barriers to Career and Technical Education for students with disabilities

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15 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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27 Benefit 2016

Thank you for supporting the 2016 Spring Benefit!

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42 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

45 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on the 2017-18 Preliminary Budget for New York City
03.21.2017 | Today AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education on the fiscal year 2018 Preliminary Budget. We urge the Administration to include increased funding for DOE social workers for students living in homeless shelters. In addition, we request that the budget include additional resources to expand restorative... Read more

AFC Testifies on the 2017-18 State Education Budget Proposal
02.14.2017 | Today, AFC is testifying at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2017-18 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to invest in education initiatives such as improved access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities and English Language... Read more

AFC's Statement in Response to New York Graduation Rates for the Class of 2016
02.10.2017 | The following is a statement by Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York, on today’s release of New York Graduation Rates for the Class of 2016: We are alarmed by the precipitous drop in English Language Learner (ELL) graduation rates and the sharp increase in ELL drop-out rates for the Class of 2016 in... Read more

AFC's Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
02.08.2017 | Yesterday, Betsy DeVos was sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. In the months ahead, we expect to see changes in the implementation and enforcement of federal education laws, as well as shifts in funding priorities that may have serious implications for the low-income students and families we serve. We at Advocates for... Read more

AFC in the News

De Blasio says NYC Schools Will Remain Safe Places for Immigrants
03.21.2017 | WNYC | The group Advocates for Children of New York said the city is taking the right steps, but urged it to go even farther by barring federal immigration officials from school property entirely, if they don't have a warrant. The group also said decisions about whether agents can enter schools should be made by superintendents,... Read more

New York City's homeless high schoolers face daunting health risks
03.13.2017 | Politico New York | Now, as city officials start preparing for the executive budget, advocates are pushing the mayor to restore and increase funding for homeless students. “With record numbers of students living in shelter, now is the time for the city to increase its investment in support for students living in shelter, and certainly... Read more

How many students apply to each NYC school, how many get in, and where do they come from? We could soon find out
02.28.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | Maggie Moroff, special education policy coordinator at Advocates for Children, said the legislation should be expanded to track where students with accessibility needs apply and are accepted to schools. She cited a Department of Justice finding that 83 percent of city elementary schools are not fully accessible to... Read more

New York City plans to expand programs to keep students away from the criminal justice system
02.27.2017 | Chalkbeat New York | The programs are in keeping with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for less punitive approaches to school discipline, including “restorative” justice, and a plan to significantly reduce suspensions for the city’s youngest students. But some advocates said the new measures are too incremental and unlikely to make a... Read more