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Public Comments & Testimony

Public Comments & Testimony

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) has our finger on the pulse of important education issues and education policy trends that affect children in New York City and New York State. We are on the forefront of pushing to improve education policy, so that all children have access to a quality education.

Below are AFC’s most recent public comments and testimonies. Please see our archive for comments and testimonies from 2012-2017.

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2021

AFC Testifies on the DOE's Use of Foundation Aid and Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding, October 5, 2021
AFC testified before the New York State Senate Education Committee on the DOE’s use of increased state and federal education funding; specifically, how the funding is being used to meet the needs of students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students experiencing homelessness. 

AFC Testifies on Reducing the Responsibilities of the NYPD, September 27, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Public Safety, joining the call from students, parents, and educators for police-free schools and urging the City to eliminate the reliance on the New York City Police Department to address the needs of students in our schools.

AFC Testifies on School Reopening Protocols and Mental Health Supports, September 1, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education on the City's plan to hire 250 new School Safety Agents (“SSAs”), rather than invest in the social-emotional and mental health supports our students so profoundly need. 

AFC Joins 100+ Organizations to Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign A8013 / S6515-A, August 8, 2021
AFC joined more than 100 organizations in sending a letter urging the Governor to sign into law A. 8013 (Benedetto) / S. 6516-A (Mannion), a bill passed unanimously by the Senate and Assembly to ensure that preschool special education programs, as well as state-approved non-public schools for school-age students with significant disabilities, receive the same increase in payment rates as school districts.

AFC Comments on Proposed Amendments to Chancellor's Regulations, July 28, 2021
AFC submitted comments on the DOE’s proposed changes to the Chancellor’s Regulation about Section 504 accommodations for students with disabilities.

AFC Comments on Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline, July 23, 2021
AFC submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Education on the exclusionary, punitive school discipline and police policies and practices faced by New York City public school students, the disproportionate impact these policies and practices have on Black and Brown students and students with disabilities, and promising alternative practices.

AFC Joins Organizations Urging DOE to Hire Shelter-Based Community Coordinators, June 25,2021
AFC joined 25 organizations calling on the DOE to hire 150 shelter-based Community Coordinators to help students living in shelter reconnect with school and participate in supplemental programming.

90+ Organizations Call on Mayor de Blasio to Meet the Need for Preschool Special Education Classes, June 23, 2021
AFC joined 90+ organizations to call on Mayor de Blasio to address the shortage of preschool special education classes and provide salary parity to teachers of preschool special education classes at community-based organizations (CBOs) this year.

AFC Joins Sign-On Letter Calling on DOE to Invest in Supports for Students in Foster Care, June 2, 2021
AFC joined 35 child welfare and education organizations calling on the DOE to invest in support for students in foster care, with a DOE office focused full-time on students in foster care and guaranteed school bus transportation for students in foster care. 

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2022 Executive Budget, May 25, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Finance on the Executive Budget, outlining our priorities for the historic influx of education funding from the state and federal governments.

The ARISE Coalition Testifies on the New York City FY 2022 Executive Budget, May 25, 2021
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) testified before the City Council Committee on Finance on the Executive Budget, outlining our priorities for the historic influx of education funding from the state and federal governments.

AFC Testifies on Educational Programming in Jails and Juvenile Detention, April 26, 2021
AFC submitted written testimony for the City Council Committees on Education, General Welfare, and Criminal Justice in support of Intro. No. 1224, and provided recommendations to ensure equity, transparency, monitoring, and accountability of education provided to children and youth in court-ordered settings.

AFC Testifies on Youth in Shelter and the School System, April 16, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committees on Education and General Welfare about the importance of having an intentional, targeted plan to support students in shelter as the City decides how to use its historic influx of education funding.

100 Organizations Urge Mayor de Blasio to Meet the Need for Preschool Special Education Classes, March 23, 2021
AFC joined more than 100 organizations in a letter to Mayor de Blasio emphasizing that 3-K and Pre-K will never be “for all” until the City addresses the continuing shortage of seats in preschool special education classes.

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2022 Preliminary Education Budget, March 23, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education on the preliminary budget, outlining our priorities for an ambitious education initiative to direct the largest one-time federal investment in education in our nation’s history.

The ARISE Coalition Testifies on the New York City FY 2022 Preliminary Education Budget, March 23, 2021
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) testified before the City Council Committee on Education on the need for compensatory services and increased literacy supports as part of the FY 22 budget to help address the needs of students with disabilities.

AFC Testifies on the NYC Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Draft Plan, March 16, 2021
AFC testified before the Public Safety Committee at a hearing on the Mayor’s New York City Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Draft Plan and the FY 2022 Preliminary Budget.

AFC Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Chancellor's Regulation A-701, March 5, 2021
AFC submitted comments on proposed changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A-701 regarding school health services.

AFC Testifies on 2021-2022 State Budget Proposal, February 25, 2021
AFC 
submitted testimony for the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2021-2022 Executive Budget Health Proposal urging the Legislature to reject proposals to cut state funding for the Early Intervention (EI) program by limiting the services children can receive and, instead, invest more in EI by asking private health insurance companies to pay their fair share.

AFC Testifies on Proposed School Safety Bill Package, February 18, 2021
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education in support of proposed legislation regulating the New York City Police Department’s response to students in emotional crisis within public schools, significantly limiting the use of handcuffs on students in emotional crisis.

AFC Testifies on the 2021-2022 State Education Budget Proposal, January 28, 2021
AFC testified at the New York State Joint Legislative Hearing on the 2021-2022 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase, and not cut, state education funding and ensure schools can use their full COVID-19 relief funding to reopen schools and help students catch up.

The ARISE Coalition Testifies on the Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement, January 20, 2021
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the impact of COVID-19 on learning for students with disabilities.

AFC Testifies on the Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement, January 20, 2021
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the impact of COVID-19 on student learning, outlining essential principles and critical elements that must be included in a comprehensive COVID-19 education recovery effort.

AFC Submits Comments Regarding Proposed Joint ACS-DOE Policy, January 15, 2021
AFC submitted comments to the draft ACS-DOE joint policy on the reporting and investigating of educational neglect.

Sign-On Letter Regarding Vacant Positions in the Office of Students in Temporary Housing, January 11, 2021
AFC joined more than 30 organizations in calling on the DOE to fill the more than 20 currently vacant positions dedicated to supporting students who are homeless.

2020

AFC Testifies on the Impact of COVID-19 on Child Care, December 16, 2020
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education and Committee on Women and Gender Equity about the shortage of preschool special education programs and the problem of Learning Bridges child care programs excluding children with disabilities.

AFC Testifies on Foster Care Task Force Progress, November 24, 2020
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare on the City’s progress toward advancing the recommendations of the Interagency Foster Care Task Force, including the three recommendations focused specifically on education.

AFC Testifies on Examining Social-Emotional Learning and Support Staff in Schools, November 20, 2020
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education’s hearing about the critical need for social-emotional and mental health support for students, and the City's commitment to remove police from schools and craft a new vision of school safety that ensures all students are truly safe and supported.

AFC Testifies on the Impact of COVID-19 on NYC's Students with Disabilities, October 23, 2020
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of NYC’s students with disabilities.

The ARISE Coalition Testifies on the Impact of COVID-19 on NYC's Students with DisabilitiesOctober 23, 2020
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of NYC’s students with disabilities.

AFC Testifies on School Reopening, October 16, 2020
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education and Committee on Health regarding the reopening of City schools. As the City continues working on the health and safety measures needed to protect school communities from COVID-19 this year, the City must also redouble its outreach efforts and provide individualized support to families of students who are not regularly engaging in remote learning.

AFC Testifies on the Digital Divide, October 13, 2020
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Technology and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises about the digital divide's consequences for public education.

Sign-On Letter Regarding the Urgent Education Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness, September 16, 2020
More than 30 organizations sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio, urging the City to develop a coordinated interagency plan and designate a point person to work across agencies to ensure that every student who is homeless can participate in learning this year.

63 Organizations Call For a Statewide Moratorium on Suspensions, August 31, 2020
AFC joined more than 60 organizations to call on New York State to issue a moratorium on suspensions for the 2020-2021 school year to ensure every child has the best possible chance to make up for lost classroom time, and for schools to reopen after a traumatic year in a manner that promotes equity and healing.

AFC Testifies on Proposed NYSED Changes to Special Education Regulations, August 31, 2020
AFC submitted comments urging the New York State Education Department to reject proposed regulations that would allow non-attorneys to serve as hearing officers in special education cases.

AFC and Girls for Gender Equity Share Recommendations for a Restorative Reopening, August 31, 2020
AFC and Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) 
call on Chancellor Carrazna to halt punitive school discipline policies this fall and ensure DOE plans for school reopening are trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and grounded in restorative practices.

Sign-On Letter Regarding School Reopening Plan for Students Experiencing Homelessness, August 4, 2020
AFC joins more than 30 organizations calling on Mayor de Blasio to prioritize the educational needs of students who are homeless in plans for the reopening of schools this fall.

Sign-On Letter on Behalf of Students in Foster Care, June 24, 2020
AFC joins more than 20 organizations calling on the DOE to appoint a senior-level leader to focus full-time on students in foster care.

AFC Urges DOE to Follow State Guidance & Let 21-Year-Old Students Stay in School, June 24, 2020
AFC issued a statement srongly urging the DOE and districts across New York State to follow NYSED’s recommendation and provide all young people aging out without a diploma the opportunity to complete their education and prepare for life after high school. 

AFC Calls on New York City to Invest in Education, Not Criminalization, June 23, 2020
AFC released a policy brief summarizing the devastating impact of proposed cuts to education funding in the Mayor's FY21 Executive Budget, and urging Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to reject cuts to education and ensure schools have more resources—not less—to address the challenges caused by the pandemic.

Sign-On Letter Regarding Early Intervention TransitionJune 16, 2020
AFC joined more than 80 organizations calling on the State to ensure that children do not lose Early Intervention services due to the difficulties getting preschool evaluations during the pandemic. 

AFC Calls for $205B Investment in Public Education in the Next COVID Response Bill, June 9, 2020
AFC joined more than 80 other education, social service, and civil rights organizations in calling on the entire New York City Congressional delegation to invest $205B in public education in the next COVID response bill. 

AFC Testifies on Proposed NYSED Changes to Special Education Regulations, June 11, 2020
AFC's testimony urged the State to reject proposed regulations that would allow non-attorneys to serve as hearing officers in special education cases.

AFC Testifies on Remote Learning, May 27, 2020
AFC's testimony focused on the challenges our clients have experienced and the need for the DOE to address the barriers students are facing so they can participate in remote summer school.

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2021 Executive Budget, May 21, 2020
AFC testified before the City Council about the importance of rejecting proposed cuts to schools and investing in education initiatives that will help students get needed support when they return to school.

The ARISE Coalition Testifies on the New York City FY 2021 Executive Budget, May 21, 2020
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) testified before the City Council about the importance of ensuring that the budget protects mandated instruction and services and key supports for students with disabilities.

AFC Submits Comments on NYSED Changes to Special Education Regulations, May 15, 2020
AFC submitted comments to NYSED on changes to the state special education regulations, urging the State to reject proposed regulations that would allow non-attorneys to serve as hearing officers in special education cases.

Sign-On Letter Calling for a Mental Health Continuum, April 17, 2020
AFC joined 40 organizations calling on Mayor de Blasio to prioritize and fund necessary mental health services for all students.  

AFC Writes to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Regarding Potential IDEA Waivers, April 3, 2020
AFC wrote to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos indicating our strong opposition to any waivers to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Sign-On Letter Calling for Access to Regional Enrichment Centers for Students who are Homeless, March 20, 2020
AFC joined 11 organizations calling on Chancellor Carranza to ensure that students who are homeless have access to the Regional Enrichment Centers.

Sign-On Letter Calling for Transportation for Students in Foster Care, March 9, 2020
AFC joined 18 child welfare and education organizations in a joint statement calling on the City guarantee busing or other comparable transportation for students in foster care who need it to remain in their schools.

AFC Submits Comments on ACS Draft Policy, March 6, 2020
AFC submitted comments to the Administration for Children’s Services on their draft policy regarding school continuity and stability for children in child welfare foster care placements.

AFC Testifies on Class Size Reduction, February 28, 2020
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the importance of class size reduction.

AFC Submits Comments on Proposed Amendments to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, February 24, 2020
AFC submitted comments on the Department of Education’s proposed changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 regarding school transfers, admissions, and enrollment.

AFC Testifies on the 2020-2021 State Education Budget Proposal, February 11, 2020
AFC is testifying at the New York State Joint Legislative Hearing on the 2020-2021 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to fully fund Foundation Aid; increase investments in targeted areas such as preschool special education programs, support for Multilingual Learners, and positive approaches to discipline; and reject the harmful special education waiver proposal.

AFC Testifies on Universal After-School Program Plan, January 14, 2020
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Youth Services about access to after-school programming for students with disabilities, students in temporary housing and students in foster care and legislation related to universal after-school programming.

2019

Sign-On Letter Calling for Transportation for Students in Foster Care, September 27, 2019
AFC joined 25 child welfare and education organizations in calling on the City to abide by federal and state law and honor its commitment to guarantee bus service or a comparable mode of transportation to kindergarten through sixth-grade students in foster care. Although the adopted city budget states that the Administration agreed to ensure bus service for students in foster care, the Department of Education is continuing to deny requests for bus service.

AFC Testifies on Multiple Pathways to a Diploma, September 24, 2019
AFC, on behalf of the Coalition for Multiple Pathways to a Diploma, testified before the City Council Committee on Education on high-stakes tests and the need for more ways to determine that students have mastered high school graduation standards.

AFC Testifies on the Education of Students Living in Domestic Violence Shelters, September 24, 2019
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on General Welfare and Committee on Women and Gender Equity about the education of students living in domestic violence shelters and legislation related to students living in shelters.

AFC Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Chancellor's Regulations A-831 and A-832, September 24, 2019
AFC submitted comments to the New York City Department of Education on proposed changes to the Chancellor's Regulations addressing student-to-student sexual harassment, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying.

AFC Submits Comments on the Proposed Discipline Code, July 30, 2019
Advocates for Children and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) jointly submitted comments to the New York City Department of Education on proposed changes to the New York City Discipline Code for the 2019-2020 school year.

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2020 Executive Budget, May 23, 2019
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Finance on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers, direct mental health support for students, and educational support for students who are homeless and students in foster care.

AFC Comments on Proposed Amendments to Chancellor’s Regulation A-780 and on Revised Proposed Amendments to Chancellor’s Regulation A-780, March 26, 2019, and April 15, 2019
AFC submitted comments in response to the DOE’s proposed changes to the Chancellor’s Regulations regarding the education of students in temporary housing, including the importance of bus service for kindergarten through sixth grade students living in shelters.

AFC Testifies in Support of the Proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan, March 27, 2019
AFC testified before the Panel for Educational Policy in support of the City’s proposal to include $750 million to improve school accessibility in the 2020-2024 Capital Plan. That investment in accessibility, the City’s largest to date, will literally open doors to include and integrate individuals who are far too often excluded because of their accessibility needs. 

AFC Testifies on the New York City FY 2020 Preliminary Education Budget, March 20, 2019
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers, direct mental health support for students, educational support for students who are homeless and students in foster care, and preschool special education programs. 

AFC Testifies on ThriveNYC and Meeting the Needs of Students with Mental Health Challenges, February 27, 2019
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding the gap in access to direct mental health services and behavior supports for students with significant emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs.

AFC Testifies on the Provision of Special Education Services, February 25, 2019
Advocates for Children testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the provision of special education services. The City must do more to extend the vision of equity and excellence in education to students with disabilities and to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are considered and addressed in every DOE policy decision.

AFC Submits Testimony on Early Intervention, February 14, 2019
AFC submitted testimony for the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 Health Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase the reimbursement rate for Early Intervention providers to help ensure children can get their services in a timely manner.

AFC Testifies on the 2019-2020 State Budget Proposal, February 6, 2019
AFC testified at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2019-2020 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase investments in education initiatives such as positive approaches to discipline, preschool special education programs, prekindergarten, and support for Multilingual Learners, and to reject harmful special education proposals. 

2018

AFC Testifies on the Proposed 5-Year Capital Plan, December 18, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education, Committee on Finance, and Subcommittee on Capital Budget in support of the proposal to include $750 million in the FY 2020-2024 Capital Plan to improve school accessibility.

AFC Testifies on Students in Homeless Shelters, December 17, 2018
Advocates for Children testified before the City Council Committee on General Welfare regarding recommendations for supporting students living in shelters.

AFC Comments on Graduation Participation for Students with Disabilities Receiving Non-Diploma Credentials, December 3, 2018
AFC submitted public comment to the New York State Education Department on a proposed amendment to the regulation about the right of students with disabilities receiving SACC and CDOS credentials to participate in graduation ceremonies and activities. We urged NYSED to require schools to inform families that these students have the right to stay in school through age 21 or until they earn a diploma, regardless of their participation in graduation activities.

AFC Testifies on Busing for Students with Disabilities, November 29, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, and Transportation about the experiences of students with disabilities on school buses during the recent snowstorm and the importance of passing legislation to provide parents with access to real-time GPS data for their children’s school buses.

AFC Testifies on Reentry Programs for Formerly Incarcerated Youth, November 13, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committees on Juvenile Justice and Youth Services on the educational reentry programming needs of New York City’s formerly incarcerated youth.

AFC Calls for Busing for Students in Foster Care, November 2, 2018
Advocates for Children, along with more than 30 other organizations, sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio calling on him to provide busing for kindergarten through sixth grade students in foster care. For students who have been separated from their families, school has the potential to be an important stabilizing factor in their life, but the City currently guarantees bus service only to students in foster care who receive special education transportation.

AFC Testifies on Mental Health in Schools, October 23, 2018
AFC testified before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Education regarding the current state of health, mental health, and physical education programs, services, and instruction in New York State’s schools.

AFC Testifies on School Transportation, October 16, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education about the importance of improving the school transportation system, especially for students with disabilities, students in foster care, and students in temporary housing, and in support of a bill to provide real-time GPS bus location data to parents.  

AFC Writes Chancellor Carranza Regarding Busing Problems, September 27, 2018
AFC sent a letter to Chancellor Carranza regarding start-of-school problems with busing. The letter shared a number of cases that are illustrative of what families, especially families of students with disabilities, routinely experience. 

AFC Testifies on School Emergency Preparedness and Safety, September 20, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Education regarding a proposal to establish a school emergency preparedness task force and a resolution calling for one guidance counselor and social worker for every 250 students and at least one guidance counselor and social worker per school.

The ARISE Coalition Calls for Increased Funding for School Accessibility, September 12, 2018
The ARISE Coalition (which is coordinated by AFC) and Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE) sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking that the City include a major investment in the FY 2020-2024 School Construction Authority Five-Year Capital Plan to make at least one-third of schools accessible to students, parents, and teachers with physical disabilities.

AFC Comments on State Early Intervention Program Regulations, August 31, 2018
AFC submitted comments in response to the New York State Department of Health’s proposed changes to the state Early Intervention Program regulations.

AFC Submits Comments on the Implementation of New York’s Approved ESSA Plan, August 17, 2018
Advocates for Children of New York submitted comments to the New York State Education Department on proposed amendments to the regulations regarding New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system. Our comments discuss the proposed definition of “out-of-school suspension rate” as well as the State's method for calculating chronic absenteeism.

AFC Submits Comments on Proposed Amendments to Regulations about the Dignity for All Students Act, July 21, 2018
AFC submitted comments to the New York State Education Department in support of proposed amendments to regulations about the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). 

AFC Testifies on Early Childhood Education Programs, June 27, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education and Committee on General Welfare about how 3-K, Pre-K, and EarlyLearn can better serve students who are homeless, Dual Language Learners, and students with disabilities. Read our client’s testimony about how her four-year-old son has been waiting months for a seat in a preschool special education class due to the DOE’s shortage.

AFC Testifies on the Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget, May 24, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Finance on the importance of increasing funding for several education priorities, including school social workers for students living in shelter, school accessibility for students with physical disabilities, and evidence-based practices to improve school climate.

AFC Testifies on Preventing and Addressing Bullying, April 26, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Youth Services regarding a proposal to establish an anti-bullying hotline and an anti-bullying mobile device application. AFC urges the City to invest in building positive, inclusive school climates by implementing anti-bullying training and funding whole-school evidence-based approaches.

AFC Comments on School Accessibility, April 25, 2018
AFC spoke before the DOE’s Panel for Educational Policy about the need to increase funding to make more schools accessible to students, families, and teachers with physical disabilities.

AFC Testifies on NYC's Support for Immigrant Parents of Children Ages 0-5, April 24, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Immigration Committee about the importance of addressing barriers that immigrant families face in accessing preschool special education evaluations and other early childhood education programs. 

AFC Comments on Child Care Programs, April 18, 2018
AFC submitted comments to the New York City Board of Health on proposed regulations regarding child care, with a focus on children who are homeless and children with developmental delays or disabilities.

AFC Testifies on the School Building Challenge, April 18, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Committees on Education, Finance, and Land Use about the need to increase resources to make more NYC schools accessible to students, families, and staff with physical disabilities.

AFC Testifies on the Preliminary FY19 Expense Budget, March 23, 2018
AFC Testifies on the Preliminary FY19 Capital Budget, March 26, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Preliminary Budget, calling for increased funding for support for students in temporary housing, busing for students in foster care, school climate initiatives, and improving school accessibility.

AFC Testifies on the Continuum of NYC’s Juvenile Justice System, February 28, 2018
AFC testified before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice on the educational needs of New York City’s court-involved youth while in juvenile detention and placement, and after their release from these settings.

AFC Testifies on Community and Renewal Schools, February 27, 2018
AFC testified before the City Council Committee on Education at a hearing on community schools, renewal schools, and a special education reporting bill.

AFC Comments on Proposed Changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101, February 13, 2018
AFC submitted comments on the DOE’s proposed changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 regarding school transfers, admissions, and enrollment.

AFC Submits Testimony on Early Intervention, February 12, 2018
AFC submitted testimony for the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Health Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase the reimbursement rate for Early Intervention providers and to reject a budget proposal to restructure the Early Intervention screening and evaluation process.

AFC Testifies on the New York State Executive Budget Proposal, January 31, 2018
AFC testified at the New York State Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 Elementary and Secondary Education Budget proposal, urging legislators to increase investments in education initiatives such as positive approaches to discipline, prekindergarten, and support for English Language Learners and to reject harmful special education proposals.