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01.30.2013 | WNYC News | Reports about the arrest and handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy following an incident at a Bronx public school are putting a spotlight how police handle school discipline. 

Eight hundred eighty-two students at school were arrested in the 2011-2012 school year and the group Advocates for Children says that number could be a lot lower with proper training of staff and school safety agents.

“More resources need to be pulled into training systems for school staff and school safety officers and generally increasing mental health services for youth,” said Bernard Dufresne, a lawyer with Advocates for Children. Read article

01.23.2013 | WABC-TV Eyewitness News | Art McFarland reports on the school bus strike.

01.17.2013 | New York Amsterdam News | Bernard Dufresne is one lucky young man. At 27 years of age, he is doing what he loves to do. Luckier still are the young people fortunate to meet him. For Dufresne, he’s just paying it forward. Dufresne is an education lawyer and staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York. From the very start, he realized that education and positive support were the keys to success. They fuel his passion for the work he does so well. Read article

01.17.2013 | WABC-TV Eyewitness News | Because the Union and the City failed to come to an agreement by the deadline, the New York City schools lose more than 250 million dollars. "It's sad that the kids are going to pay the price," said Kim Sweet.

 

01.16.2013 | New York Post | The nonprofit Advocates for Children called on the city to do more to accommodate 54,000 kids with special needs who are likely to be severely impacted. The Manhattan group said financial hardship makes it difficult for families to front the money for car service, and disabilities may keep certain students from public transportation or private cars. Read article

01.15.2013 | WPIX 11 News | “For those parents, it’s going to be really hard or impossible for [their] kids to get to school,” said Kim Madden, lead attorney for Advocates For Children New York, a children’s issues advocacy organization. ”MetroCards and reimbursement just won’t be enough.” Her organization is calling on the city and the bus driver’s union to come to an agreement soon. The organization is also asking the city government to make Access-A-Ride service more widely available for students while the strike is under way. Read article
 

01.15.2013 | SchoolBook | Kim Sweet, the executive director of the group Advocates for Children, said the back-up plans outlined by the Department of Education may be manageable for many families, but not for all. “Public transportation may not be feasible as a result of a student’s disability, and families who need a car service or taxi to get their children to school may not have the financial means or flexibility to pay carfare upfront and wait weeks for reimbursement,” Sweet said. “Additionally, families with more than one child to drop off and pick up at school and jobs to maintain may find it impossible to be in multiple places at one time.” Read article

01.15.2013 | Gotham Schools | Kim Sweet, the director of Advocates for Children of New York, which represents students with special needs, said she was disappointed but not surprised that Quinn did not mention special education once. “It doesn’t tend to be something that mayoral candidates jump into right out of the box,” she said, noting that Quinn has spoken out on behalf of students with disabilities in the past. But, Sweet said, “I was really happy about her emphasis on collaboration and coordination. I think we’ve had a system focused on competition and there’s a lot to be gained by an administration that focuses on bringing people together.” Read article

01.15.2013 | NY1 | By and large, education advocates and the teachers' union gave the speaker's proposals high marks... "I think if a new mayor comes into office that really wants to listen to parents and make them partners, I think you can do that without spending a lot of money," Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children said. Read article

01.15.2013 | New York Daily News | Maggie Moroff of Advocates for Children said she's worried about disabled students for whom public transportation won't work. "They don't have a solid plan for how they're going to deal with these more-complicated issues," she said. Read article