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11.8.2011 | Gotham Schools | “Historically we have seen that charter schools have not served the students with greater needs, so I think it’s great that the schools are making an effort,” said Kim Madden, director of legal services at Advocates for Children. “Certainly there’s a lot of room for improvement, in both charter schools and the DOE.”... Read article

11.8.2011 | NBC News New York | “We’ve got a long way to go,” Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children told me, “before the children in our elementary and high schools will be able to benefit from having a major university like Stanford or Cornell offer them such an opportunity. There needs to be a lot of work done before many New York City school children can qualify for the challenging environment of an Ivy League school.”... Read article

11.3.2011 | Gotham School | “I worked with Mojica for years when he was in the Bronx, and I know he is a strong advocate for parents, but since he gained this new position I have not spoken with him,” said Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children.... Read article

(Note: This story originally appeared in Spanish in El Diario, which supplied the translation.)

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

10.23.2019 | The 74 | The number of school-age foster youth in the city varies by source; Advocates for Children of New York reported 4,500 students in a “snapshot” count in May, whereas the district recorded about 7,800 during the 2017-18 year. In most cases, foster youth are children who’ve been removed from their parents or guardians by a child welfare agency and placed into alternative care, which can range from living with a relative to staying in an emergency shelter.

The scarcity of foster-youth-specific data thus far isn’t lost on education equity groups like Advocates for Children of New York.

“It’s easy to overlook students in foster care because their numbers are relatively small, but given the many challenges they face, they require a greater level of attention and targeted support from school districts,” staff attorney Chantal Hinds said in a statement.  Read article

11.1.19 | Chalkbeat | Some advocates cheered the continued decline in suspensions, and added that more  social support is needed.

“Going forward, it is critical that the city build on these promising results by creating a solid infrastructure to institutionalize them and make the necessary additional investments in mental health services and supports, social workers, and restoratives practices to further expand on them,” said Dawn Yuster, director of the School Justice Project at Advocates for Children. Read article