exciting time and week for the Florida School Counselors and the Florida School
companion bills in the Florida Senate and House have been filed (SB1654 and
HB1317 respectively). Our legislative champions are Sen. Nancy Detert
(R-Venice) and Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach). Our advocacy consultant
has been meeting with other legislative members as well and many are very
interested in the issues surrounding school counselors.
Detert has named this bill the “Student Failure Prevention Act” and is very
excited about the positive changes it will have on the profession, and more
importantly, on the students that the certified school counselors work with
every day. Our excellent bill sponsor in the House is Rep. Janet Adkins
(R-Fernandina Beach) who is very involved in K-12 education and has demonstrates
that she “gets” us.
today, HB 1317 has been referred to three committees for legislative hearings
and we are working on having it placed on the agenda for its first committee
stop in the K-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. Eric
Fresen (R-Miami). For clarification, it is a good sign that HB 1317 has only
three committees of reference.
still waiting for committee references in the Senate and expect that will happen
any time now.
the drafts reflect maximum ratios of certified school counselors per number of
students overall and at each level and states that no school should have less
than one full-time certified school counselor. It also outlines specific job
responsibilities and more importantly, the responsibilities that should not be
assigned to school counselors (like testing management/monitoring, bus duty,
lunchroom monitoring, and administrative substitution.) Finally, the bill
reflects the name change “certified school counselors” as the correct title of
the time to get involved in making our bill a reality. In this case, you can
stand up for students by standing up for the profession and making sure that All
students get the benefits of professional school counseling. You
note, email or call our bill sponsors and thank them for their willingness to
take on these issues and work with us to improve the lives of our children.
Detert firstname.lastname@example.org District
Commercial Court Suite
FL 34292 (941)
VOIP: 42300 FAX
(941) 480-3549 Toll
Free: 1-866-247-4076 Tallahassee
Senate Office Building 404
South Monroe Street Tallahassee,
FL 32399-1100 (850)
Legislative Assistants: Charlie
Anderson, Rita Faulkner and GeeDee Kerr
Capitol Office 313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Phone: (850)
District Office 905 South 8th Street Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-3706 Phone: (904) 491-3664 OR 945 N. Temple Avenue Starke, FL 32091-2110 Phone: (904) 966-6215
Legislative Assistant: Larry Williams
District Secretary: Marianne Marshall Alexis
to your own legislators and those in surrounding areas who represent your
school district and inform them and their staff of your efforts, and ask for
their support of these bills. It would be great if they would also consider
signing on as a co-sponsor of these bills. To find your legislators go to the
ore Senate websites.
this space for other things you can do, developing talking points, actions in
districts, gathering data and evidence, participating in our statewide video
support, and more.
membership in FSCA helps, action to connect with policy makers and legislators
also helps. We will continue to keep you updated as we progress through the
next several weeks.
member of the Florida School Counselor Association and someone who cares about
student success, I want to thank you for joining us and sponsoring HB 1317. We
stand ready to support and assist your efforts in all ways that we can.
Thanks for standing up for student success by helping each and every
student benefit from school counseling programs.
I am a
member of the Florida School Counselor Association and a Professional School
Counselor. I stand for student success and school counselors are critical to
that success. I am seeking your support for HB 1317 and SB 1654 which will
modernize how school counselors are employed in schools and require that schools
and districts make good use of the talents and training of school
American School Counselor Association, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
the Education Trust and many other states and education groups have told us that
reduced school counselor ratios are critical to student success and to their
career and post-secondary attainment. Ratios, coupled with targeted tasks and
accountability, will help Florida’s students and economic future reach the
success that our state and citizens deserve.
face, I believe this bill is so important that I am asking that you step forward
as a co-sponsor to show your support of student success. Please contact me with
any questions or ways I can help to support the successful passage of these