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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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7.10.2012 | AFC has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, in recognition of sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the fifth time that AFC has earned this top distinction in the last six years. Click here to view AFC's full rating.

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6.20.2012 | AFC and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) filed a complaint today with the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education against the DOE for its systemic failure to provide translation and interpretation services to tens of thousands of limited English proficient (LEP) parents, in violation of  local, state, and federal civil rights laws. Read the complaint here and read the press release here. All exhibits, including parent affidavits, are available on file with AFC. Please contact Abja Midha at (212) 822-9502 or amidha@afcnyc.org.

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6.18.2012 | On June 18, 2012, AFC released a policy paper entitled "Essential Voices: Including Student and Parent Input in Teacher Evaluation." This paper makes the case for student and parent input in teacher evaluation in New York City and describes efforts other states and districts are undertaking to incorporate student and/or parent feedback into their own teacher evaluation systems.  Read the paper

6.12.2012 | AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the importance of mandatory kindergarten and the need to address concerns regarding the city’s special education reform. The ARISE Coalition, coordinated by AFC, testified as well. View AFC's testimony here, and the ARISE Coalition's here.

6.11.2012 | Join AFC in opposing Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut 47,000 children from early childhood and after-school programs and in supporting mandatory kindergarten. Read our action alert here to have your voice heard and download  the Campaign for Children petition here.

6.6.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Finance, urging Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to reject the devastating proposal to cut 47,000 children from early childhood education and after-school programs...View testimony