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5.15.2012 | In 1996, the New York State Education Department set in motion the phase out of the local diploma in an effort to have all students fulfill the requirements for the more rigorous Regents diploma. After 15 years of phase out and a last-minute proposal to extend the local diploma only for students with disabilities, up to 14,000 general education students in New York State who still rely on the local diploma to graduate from high school will now fail to graduate this June because the local diploma will no longer be available to them. Most will be Black, Hispanic, English Language Learners, poor, and in large urban areas. The Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma urges the State to take a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to creating alternative pathways to a high school diploma. Until New York develops multiple pathways to a diploma, however, we cannot eliminate current options, like the local diploma, that provide real opportunities for our young people. Click here to learn what you can do to take action.

5.09.2012 | Advocates for Children of New York’s Spring Benefit on May 8, 2012 was a great success. Once again, The Rubin Museum was packed! Thank you to our over 500 supporters! Your continued generosity enables us to protect the education rights of every NYC child. 

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(Pictured left to right: Richard Beattie, recipient of Jill Chaifetz Award for Excellence in Educational Advocacy; Eric A. DeGiaimo, recipient of The Education Champion Award; and presenter, Harold Ford, Jr.)

5.01.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services and the Committee on Education regarding the negative consequences that the city-wide shortage of school-based mental health services has on schools and their students... Read testimony   

4.19.2012 | Luisa Piñeiro Fuentes was an educator in the New York City public schools for 38 years, and served as principal at PS/MS 279 and PS 307. She fought constantly to establish a safe and loving environment in her schools, and to secure the necessary resources for any child in her community who was in need.

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AFC is incredibly proud and honored that Ms. Fuentes' family and friends have selected AFC as the recipient of donations made in her memory in recognition of our shared mission “to protect every child’s right to learn.” Click here to learn more about Ms. Fuentes and to make a donation in her honor.

4.17.2012 | AFC Executive Director, Kim Sweet, is a member of the New York City Working Group on School Transformation, which released a report calling on the city’s Department of Education to support low-performing schools, rather than simply closing them. The Working Group, initiated by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and coordinated by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, grew out of a 2011 conference that presented successful alternatives to school closings. Read the report

4.16.2012 | Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget would cut 47,000 children from early childhood education and after-school programs.  To see what you can do to oppose these cuts, and to get an update on Early Intervention in the final state budget, please click here.

3.29.2012 | AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare in opposition to the shortsighted, massive cuts to early childhood education programs proposed in Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget. Read testimony

3.09.2012 | Research demonstrates that the stimulation and interaction a child receives during the first five years of life are critical to permanent brain development. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Early Intervention (EI) program provides evaluations and services to infants and toddlers who have developmental delays or disabilities. These services can help infants and toddlers at the time when they can make the biggest difference.

Governor Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget proposal would restructure EI, giving health insurance companies an unprecedented role in the program. AFC is urging state legislators to protect access to high-quality EI services and ensure that EI services are driven by children’s needs, not by their health insurance coverage.

Read a letter from AFC expressing our concerns regarding this proposal.

Click here to learn more about what you can do to take action.

2.09.2012 | When children miss out on kindergarten, they start behind and, far too often, stay behind. Speaker Quinn’s call for mandatory kindergarten is an important step toward ensuring that all children get the start they need to succeed in school.... Read statement

01.26.2012 | New website provides parents, students, and educators access to hundreds of free, education guides and resources, and important information about New York education issues and education law .... Read press release