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10.10.2012 | Today AFC testified before the New York City Council Education Committee, expressing concerns regarding transportation for students with disabilities this school year. Transportation services remain a significant source of frustration for parents of students with disabilities. We have spoken to multiple families who reported delays, confusion, busses arriving hours late, busses not arriving at all, busses arriving but not accessible to students who use wheelchairs, or busses presenting other safety concerns. This is a matter of grave importance and signifies something much more than inconvenience to these children and families. When a child is kept from school for part of the day as a result of endless bus rides, or for all of the day, sometimes for weeks at a time, this is nothing short of a denial of that child’s legal right to receive a free and appropriate public education.  View testimony

10.03.2012 | Today AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, expressing concerns about implementation of the NYC Early Intervention Program’s embedded coaching initiative.  View testimony

10.01.2012 | Today AFC and The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released a paper entitled "Policy Recommendations: Effective Accountability Mechanisms for New York State's English Language Learners." The paper sets forth key principles for a sound ELL accountability framework in New York State.  View the report

9.27.2012 | Today AFC testified before the New York City Council's Committee on Education and Committee on Immigration regarding oversight of immigrant students in the NYC public schools and the Department of Education’s Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for ELL students. In the testimony, AFC recommends that the Council turn its attention to three areas, including:

  • Increasing transparency of the DOE’s progress toward meeting the benchmarks set out in the CAP, 
  • Monitoring the DOE’s creation and ongoing support of new bilingual programs, and 
  • Providing appropriate instruction and supportive programming to particularly vulnerable sub-populations of ELLs that the CAP fails to explicitly address.    

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9.25.2012 | AFC has a new fact sheet for parents of preschool students with disabilities, explaining the process for assigning a related services provider to a preschool student and what to do if related services are not in place. View the fact sheet

9.20.2012 | AFC has several new publications to help parents and the professionals who work with them understand students' rights and options in the New York City public schools. Our Guide to Education Records informs parents of their rights regarding their children's education records and helps them understand how to use them. Our Guide to School Suspensions explains when a student can be suspended, what happens at a superintendent's suspension hearing, and the student's rights throughout the process. And finally, our Guide to Assistive Technology explains what assistive technology is and how to obtain it for a student with a disability. For even more guides and resources in your area of interest, search the AFC resource library.

8.31.2012 | AFC supports the recommendations of the Fund for Public Advocacy to strengthen the NYC Department of Education’s special education reform. We have called continuously on the DOE to define measures for evaluating the reform, develop clear enrollment policies that balance serving students in their zoned schools with ensuring school capacity to serve students, provide increased on-site professional development, and engage parents in dialogue about the reform... Read full statement

8.27.2012 | Advocates for Children has a newly updated fact sheet to help families of students with disabilities through the start of the school year. It covers a number of concerns that typically come up at this time of year, including:

  • What to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve the child’s needs;
  • What to bring to a new school to enroll a child;
  • How to find an accessible school; and
  • What to do when specialized transportation is required, but not yet arranged.

Click here for the English fact sheet and here for the Spanish fact sheet.

8.6.2012 | Over the last decade, child welfare agencies and advocates have begun to recognize that the students they serve need access to greater educational opportunities, and that education is critically important to child wellbeing, permanency planning and a successful transition to adulthood. Today AFC released a new report, "Meeting the Educational Needs of Students in the Child Welfare System: Lessons Learned from the Field," which offers insights and analysis from five years implementing Project Achieve, a program that places AFC staff on site at partner foster care and preventive services agencies in New York City. The report explains how Project Achieve works and examines its long-term impact on the children and families served by these agencies, the people who work there and the city’s child welfare system itself. View report

7.26.2012 | AFC is co-hosting a community forum on bullying on August 1. Learn more and RSVP at http://action.advocate.nyc.gov/bullying.

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