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07.14.2021 | amNY | Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit education advocacy group based in New York City, wants to makes sure that the new Mosaic curriculum is both culturally responsive and uses new and better ways to teach students how to read. According to the AFC, the current approach to reading instruction in public schools is failing to turn all students into strong readers. One example of this can be found in an AFC analysis released in May, which claims only 16.7% of Black fourth-graders and 18.1% of Latino fourth-graders scored at or above a proficient reading level on a National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2019. Read article

07.08.2021 | The New York Times | But Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit, said a reimbursement system excludes children who cannot afford the upfront payment. Prepaid car service is available for students who live in shelters and MetroCards are available to all families, the department said in a statement. Read article

07.08.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | Still, Advocates for Children of New York Executive Director Kim Sweet wanted to know more about how the city will address the lapse in services for these students. 

“We are still waiting for the DOE to release a plan for make-up special education services for students with disabilities without requiring each individual family to request and litigate an administrative hearing, which can take months and sometimes years,” Sweet said in a statement. Read article

07.08.2021 | The Wall Street Journal | The number of such interventions was 24% higher during the first three quarters of the 2019-20 school year than the comparable period in 2016-17, according to the report from Advocates for Children of New York, a nonprofit that seeks help for at-risk children. Read article

07.08.2021 | Gothamist | Education advocates said the new programs announced Thursday sound promising, but still need to be fleshed out. 

Kim Sweet, executive director of the nonprofit Advocates for Children, said, “We look forward to seeing the full plan, as the details matter. Every dollar is needed, and it’s important to ensure every dollar is spent wisely.” Read article

07.07.2021 | BronxNet | OPEN Host Daren Jaime sits down with the Senior Special Education Policy Coordinator at Advocates for Children of New York & ARISE Coalition Coordinator, Maggie Moroff discussing the policy brief highlighting racial disparities in reading proficiency rates. Watch video

07.05.2021 | Fox 5 NY | Randi Levine of Advocates for Children of New York says the City is only busing for half the day: "We're concerned that for students with disabilities, as well as students living in shelter who rely on bus service during the school year, the Department of Education has only agreed to provide bus service for the academic poriton of the day, meaning that these students won't have a ride home at the end of the enrichment activities." Watch video

07.02.2021 | amNY | Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), an education nonprofit, expressed mixed feelings about the move. “Reimbursement doesn’t work for all families,” according to Randi Levine, policy director at AFC. 

“Many of the families that we serve can not afford to lay out money for car service and wait for the Department of Education to reimburse them,” Levine told told amNewYork Metro. Read article

07.01.2021 | amNY | “We appreciate that the budget includes a new investment in preschool special education,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York. “But, with 1,200 children waiting for seats in legally mandated preschool special education classes as of the end of the last school year, we are disappointed that the budget does not include funding to address the shortage of preschool special education classes until Fiscal Year 23 and does not extend salary parity to teachers of preschool special education classes even in FY 23. 3-K and pre-K will never be “for all” until the city addresses the shortage of preschool special education classes.” Read article

06.30.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates For Children New York, said the investment is just over half of what City Council and advocates had asked for and falls short of the need. 

“In addition, the budget does not include any additional funding for evidence-based literacy interventions for students who need additional support in reading,” Sweet wrote in a statement. “Every year, AFC hears from hundreds of families concerned that their students are not learning to read within NYC public schools, and the data show that less than half of 3rd through 8th graders are reading proficiently with alarming disparities based on race, disability, and housing status.” Read article