Linda Sánchez Honors School Counselors (February 7, 2013)
Washington, DC- In continuing her commitment to recognize the hardworking and under-appreciated school counselors throughout our country, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) introduced House Resolution 60 honoring February 4-8, 2013 as “National School Counseling Week.”
“Counselors play a crucial role in the academic, social and personal development of our children,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “They do inspiring work to help students fully reach their potential. We should honor the outstanding work that counselors do to ensure that our children achieve better futures for themselves and their communities. Additionally, I am hopeful that we can pass future legislation that addresses the counselor shortage that our schools are currently experiencing.”
The average counselor-to-student ratio in America’s schools is 471 to one, which is almost double the 250 to one ratio recommended by the American School Counselor Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In California, the counselor-to-student ratio is a dismal 1,016 to one.
“School counselors are integral to the school community ensuring that students feel safe, supported and come to school ready to learn,” said Richard Wong, Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association. “These professionals work with school staff and parents to make sure students are prepared for success after high school. We are grateful to Rep. Sánchez and the US House of Representatives for acknowledging their hard work and dedication and recognizing February 4-8, 2013 as National School Counseling Week.”
House Resolution 60 currently has 16 co-sponsors.