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10.01.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | The program only guarantees five hours a week of instruction for elementary school students and 10 hours a week for middle and high schoolers, minimums that are set by state regulations. And while hundreds of families have applied for the program despite the limited hours, some are still waiting for instruction to begin weeks after the school year started as their applications are processed... “I think there’s a lot of interest and a lot of suspicion at the same time,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education policy expert at Advocates for Children, referring to the limited hours of instruction. Read article

09.30.2021 | CBS2 News | The pandemic has created a shortage of nurses across the country and here in New York. That's having a ripple effect on students with severe disabilities who require full-time assistance, and it's putting their education at risk.

"The DOE is legally obligated to provide that nurse so that they can attend school." Rebecca Shore is with the organization Advocates for Children. "But this year, we're hearing on a daily basis of two or three students each day who are not able to attend school because they don't have a nurse assigned."

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09.28.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | While some advocates are hopeful about the tool, they’re concerned about how — or whether — the assessment and its findings will be communicated to families. “We just haven’t heard of a comprehensive plan to inform families about this assessment, and I think it’s important for families to know and for parents and caregivers to be aware that there are students being assessed, but then also what the results are,” said Rohini Singh, a senior staff attorney with the School Justice Project at advocacy organization Advocates For Children. Singh emphasized that this tool does not screen for mental health needs and believes that sort of screening should be conducted by a licensed mental health professional. Read article

09.27.2021 | PIX 11 News | For five decades, Advocates for Children of New York has been working to help thousands of at-risk kids across the city get a fair shot at an education. “We represent families whose children are the most impacted by education inequities. Children who live in homelessness, who are experiencing barriers to education, who are in the juvenile justice system, for example,” explained the Director of AFC’s Parent Center, Lilliana Díaz-Pedrosa. Watch the segment

09.22.2021 | Hear Our Voices Podcast | Jennifer Pringle, director of Advocates for Children's Learners in Temporary Housing project, speaks with the 'Hear Our Voices' podcast about the legal protections for students in temporary housing, and the unique educational challenges they face. Listen to the podcast

09.12.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | But the question remains: What will happen after students are assessed and identified as having challenges? What specific training will be provided to educators to help them respond?

“We don’t want to see this just left up to individual schools for everyone to do their own thing,” Sarah Part, a policy analyst at the nonprofit Advocates for Children, previously told Chalkbeat. Read article

09.07.2021 | The 74 | Police interventions for students in emotional distress rose from 2016 to 2020, according to a recent analysis by Advocates for Children of New York. Looking into 12,000 incidents where children were transported to hospitals for psychological evaluations, data shows that Black students and students with disabilities were disproportionately affected and handcuffed. Read article

09.02.2021 | SI Live | But experts say that the success of the screeners will depend on how schools use the information and the interventions they offer, according to Chalkbeat. While screening is important, implementation by schools and educators will be key, Sarah Part, a policy analyst at Advocates for Children, told the media outlet. Read article

09.01.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | Regular screening “is one component of a good system,” said Sarah Part, a policy analyst at the nonprofit Advocates for Children. Still, she and others said implementation will be key, including what specific training will be provided and how educators will be expected to tweak their teaching in response.

“We don’t want to see this just left up to individual schools for everyone to do their own thing,” Part said. Read article

08.31.2021 | NY Daily News | Families also have the right to mount a legal challenge to secure services through the city’s overburdened special education courts — but those cases can take years to resolve and often require substantial investments of time and money.

The education nonprofit Advocates for Children has pushed the city to proactively reach out to families who need individual plans to make up services. Read article