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1 Kevin

Hats off to our 2019 high school graduates!

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2 Back to school

Get ready for the start of the 2019-2020 school year!

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3 Briana

“I will forever be so grateful for all your help in finding her the right fit.”

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4 Emma

“Our lives have been transformed for the better since we have been part of the AFC family.”

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5 Immigrant rights

Resources for immigrant students and families in NYC public schools

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6 Wayra

“I can never thank you enough for your patience, understanding, and dedication to my daughter’s case.”

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7 Mia / accessibility data brief

Access Denied: Only one in five New York City public schools is fully accessible

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Spotlight

Advocates for Children of New York Commends the City’s Efforts to Reduce the Number and Length of Suspensions and Urges the City
11.4.19 | On November 1, 2019, the City released 2018-2019 school year data showing that, since the 2013-2014 school year, suspensions are at an all-time low, having declined by 38.5%.  The City reported that major crime in schools declined by 31.9% during the same period.  The school discipline data, which the Department of Education is... Continue reading

29,000 NYC Students with Disabilities Failed to Receive Required Special Education Instruction
11.01.19 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the New York City Department of Education’s special education data report for the 2018-19 school year: New York City continues to fall short when it comes to educating its... Continue reading

School Transportation Demands Urgent Attention
11.01.19 | Today, Kim Sweet, Executive Director of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), issued the following statement in response to the release of the New York City Department of Education’s transportation data report for the 2018-19 school year:Last year, we joined many others in calling on the DOE to take bold action to build a school bus... Continue reading

New Data Show Number of NYC Students who are Homeless Topped 100,000 for Fourth Consecutive Year
10.28.19 | Today, the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students (NYS-TEACHS), a project of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), posted new data showing that the number of students in New York City identified as homeless during the 2018-2019 school year remained stubbornly high, topping 100,000 for the... Continue reading

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Special education improvements illustrated in report followed by pressure to do better
11.4.19 | AM New York | Only 59.2 percent of students were getting a full range of instruction in 2015, according to the DOE. But Advocates for Children of New York is calling for the DOE to break down the recent report by district, as opposed to citywide, in order for parents to understand how the figures affect their children.“New York City... Continue reading

New York City Must Help Its Homeless Children
11.4.19 | Washington Square News | Since last year, over 114,000 New York City public school students have continued to struggle with homelessness, and nearly 38,000 live in shelters. Recent reports by the Advocates for Children of New York show that this number has gone down by not even 600 students. For the remaining students that continue... Continue reading

New York City Must Help Its Homeless Children
11.4.19 | Washington Square News | Since last year, over 114,000 New York City public school students have continued to struggle with homelessness, and nearly 38,000 live in shelters. Recent reports by the Advocates for Children of New York show that this number has gone down by not even 600 students. For the remaining students that continue to... Continue reading

NY state giving $16.4M to assist homeless
11.3.19 | SI Live | A new report on homeless students in New York City has identified more than 2,500 Staten Island students in elementary, middle and high schools who are, or have been, homeless.The New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students, a project of Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), released the... Continue reading