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11.1.2011 | New York Post | “It’s troubling, because a lot of these kids are being suspended for behaviors that could be dealt with in a more constructive fashion,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children. “We think suspension is very much a last resort because it removes a child from the classroom and it doesn’t teach them appropriate behavior.”... Read article

10.18.2011 | Gotham Schools | Advocates for Children of New York testified before the New York City Council regarding the education of homeless children and youth. “Unfortunately, specific practices at DOE and DHS all but guarantee educational instability for a large swath of homeless students,” testified Jared Stein of Advocates for Children of New York.... Read article

10.18.2011 | New York 1 News | "Without busing, parents of elementary school students must rely on DOE-provided MetroCards to accompany their child or children twice a day, every school day. For too many families, a MetroCard offers no solution," said Jared Stein of Advocates for Children.... Read article

10.17.2011 | Gotham Schools | Advocates for Children of New York will be serving on a statewide think tank that will advise the State Education Department on its application for a No Child Left Behind waiver.... Read article

10.12.2011 | New York 1 News | Advocates said it is about time. "It's a great first step if it's put in place properly," said Gisela Alvarez of Advocates for Families and Children. "There is no doubt that these things need to be done."... Read article

09.01.2022 | City Limits | City officials say the pilot has been in the works since last year and was not a response to the increase in the number of immigrant families seeking asylum in New York over the last few months from the southern border. On Aug. 19, the mayor announced the multi-agency plan Project Open Arms, which establishes guidelines for helping these new arrivals in the enrollment process, though his plan didn’t mention transfer schools. 

But advocates say the timing was fortuitous: the recent asylum seekers include more than a thousand school-aged children. Last school year, 43 percent of the city’s public school students spoke a language other than English, according to the DOE. 

Advocates welcomed the news and saw this as the first step, but were awaiting more details. 

“Looking forward to hearing more about it,” said Rita Rodriguez-Engberg, director of the Immigrant Students Rights Project at Advocates for Children of New York. Read article