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Public Comments & Testimony

Public Comments & Testimony

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) has our finger on the pulse of important education issues and education policy trends that affect children in New York City and New York State. We are on the forefront of pushing to improve education policy, so that all children have access to a quality education.

Below are AFC’s most recent public comments and testimonies. Please see our archive for comments and testimonies from 2011-2014.


AFC Testifies on Educational Services for English Language Learners, February 25, 2015
Today AFC testified at the New York City Council Committee on Education hearing on English Language Learners (ELLs). In our testimony, we raised concerns about the shortage of bilingual program options for ELLs, particularly in languages other than Spanish...View testimony

AFC Submits Testimony on Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities, February 19, 2015
AFC submitted testimony to the Employment First Commission on Career and Technical Education (CTE) and how it can help students with disabilities reach gainful employment...View testimony  

AFC Submits Comments on Student Enrollment Regulations, February 13, 2015
AFC submitted comments in response to NYSED’s proposal to amend enrollment regulations for purposes of guaranteeing that unaccompanied minors and undocumented youth are provided with their constitutional right to a free public education...View comments 

AFC Testifies on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal, February 3, 2015
Today, AFC is testifying in Albany about the proposed state education budget. We urge the Legislature to: (1) Increase funding for Pre-K statewide and support New York City’s plan to make Pre-K truly universal; (2) Increase funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE); (3) Increase funding to support English Language Learners (ELLs) and immigrant students; (4) Reject the Executive Budget special education waiver proposal; (5) Modify the Executive Budget charter school proposal to ensure that charter schools serve high-needs populations; (6) Support the Executive Budget proposal to establish regional rates for Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services; and (7) Increase education funding overall...View testimony

AFC Testifies on EarlyLearn, January 14, 2015
AFC testified at the City Council Committee on General Welfare oversight hearing on EarlyLearn. EarlyLearn programs need adequate funding, training, technical assistance, and support to serve all eligible preschool students, including those who need additional support in order to succeed in the classroom and prepare for kindergarten....View testimony