Linda Sánchez Introduces Resolution Recognizing School Counselors
Washington, DC- Representative Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and a member of the Ways and Means Committee, today introduced a resolution to honor the hard work of school counselors across the country by making February 1-5, 2016 "National School Counselors Week."
“I am proud to recognize the important role school counselors play in the everyday lives of young students,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “School counselors help shape the futures of millions of high school students across the country. For many students, especially children of immigrant parents, school counselors provide support and guidance, and help set them on the path toward success. This resolution is a small token of our national appreciation for the hard work school counselors do to help make our future bright.”
Congresswoman Sánchez is a leading advocate for the importance of school counselors in America’s high schools. She is the author of the “Put School Counselors Where They’re Needed Act” which provides funding for additional counselors in high schools with high drop-out rates.
The current counselor-to-student ratio in America's schools is 482 to one, which is double the 250 to one ratio recommended by the American School Counselors Association and the National Association for College Admissions. In California, the need is even greater. In California the counselor-to-student ratio is one for every 826 students.