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1.31.2012 | New York Times/School Book | The politicians joined representatives from Advocates for Children, Class Size Matters and New York Communities for Change in citing data finding many of the schools that are to be closed, or which are already in the process of phasing out, have disproportionately high percentages of students with special education needs, overage students and others considered at risk… Read article

1.18.2012 | Insideschools.org | "The data shows that all students do not come into the school system with an equal chance of accessing the most coveted programs," said Kim Sweet, director of Advocates for Children… Read article

1.11.2012 | NBC News New York | “No one is asking parents what they think," Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children of New York told Gabe Pressman of NBC New York.  As for Cuomo, she said: “I don’t think he’s really delved into this issue. He doesn’t want to. He is not asking people down at the individual school level what they need or want. The proper education of teachers is of great importance and I believe parents know this to be true.... Read article

12.13.2011 | Insideschools.org | Advocates for Children urged the DOE to treat school communities "as real partners in developing solutions" rather than "legal hurdles that need to be managed."... Read article

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11.18.2011 | Gotham Schools | Kim Madden of Advocates for Children of New York, said the city’s contingency plans would pose new problems for poor families and children with special needs. “Taxis are not exactly accessible in NYC for people who use wheelchairs!” Madden wrote in an email. “Poor parents won’t be able to afford car service and wait for reimbursement and that’s what some students with disabilities would need to get to school.”... Read article

11.9.2011 | Riverdale Press | “Schools are under a lot of pressure these days to perform and a child who is more difficult and taking a lot of teacher time, it’s very tempting to get rid of them,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York.  Kim Sweet said the Department of Education puts a lot of pressure on principals and that pressure, in turn, is passed along to students.... Read article

11.8.2011 | Gotham Schools | “Historically we have seen that charter schools have not served the students with greater needs, so I think it’s great that the schools are making an effort,” said Kim Madden, director of legal services at Advocates for Children. “Certainly there’s a lot of room for improvement, in both charter schools and the DOE.”... Read article

11.8.2011 | NBC News New York | “We’ve got a long way to go,” Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children told me, “before the children in our elementary and high schools will be able to benefit from having a major university like Stanford or Cornell offer them such an opportunity. There needs to be a lot of work done before many New York City school children can qualify for the challenging environment of an Ivy League school.”... Read article

11.3.2011 | Gotham School | “I worked with Mojica for years when he was in the Bronx, and I know he is a strong advocate for parents, but since he gained this new position I have not spoken with him,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children.... Read article

(Note: This story originally appeared in Spanish in El Diario, which supplied the translation.)

11.1.2011 | New York Post | “It’s troubling, because a lot of these kids are being suspended for behaviors that could be dealt with in a more constructive fashion,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. “We think suspension is very much a last resort because it removes a child from the classroom and it doesn’t teach them appropriate behavior.”... Read article