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Policy & Initiatives

Policy Agenda: Additional Recommendations

Policy Agenda: Additional Recommendations

While AFC does not have projects focused on the following areas, we support the following recommendations:

►  Protect the Rights of LGBTQ Students:

The DOE must provide all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying.

►  Expand Programs for Overage Middle School Students:

The DOE should expand age-appropriate program options for overage middle school students.

►  Expand Programs for Overage High School Students:

The DOE should create additional small, alternative programs with accelerated credit and vocational options for high school students who are overage and under-credited. These alternative programs must be age-appropriate and must provide students with the special education, behavioral, and language support they need.

►  Increase Arts Education:

Ensure that every student has a complete education that includes comprehensive, high-quality instruction in the arts.

►  Increase After-School Programs:

Increase the number of students who have access to high-quality after-school programs.

►  Provide Adequate and Equitable Education Funding:

The State should provide NYC with additional funding to meet the promise of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

►  Improve Family Engagement:

The DOE and the State should improve family engagement. The State should adopt the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and require pre-service and in-service training for teachers and school leaders on culturally competent family engagement practices.