Thursday, February 13, 2014

You can help advance school counseling in Florida right now ...

February 12, 2014
You can help advance school counseling in Florida right now ...
Senate Bill 902 has been been filed! The purpose of this bill is to ensure that public school students in this state have access to high-quality, evidence-based school counseling programs. The bill establishes a Blue Ribbon Panel Task Force that will study the impact school counselors have on the classroom, and this bill supports a grant program to help schools hire additional counselors. The purpose of the task force is to study whether there is a demonstrable relationship between expanding counseling resources in public schools and early detection of mental health issues in students, improved academic performance and student attendance, higher graduation rates, and decreased behavioral disruptions on the part of students. The Blue Ribbon Panel will also be tasked with making recommendations for the Florida's School Counseling and Guidance Framework.

How You can Help.
The time is now to contact your Representatives and Senators and let them know that, as their elected officials, you expect them to look out for the new bill when it is introduced and that they should support it. Let them know about how important school counseling is to student success, graduation rates, school safety, and Florida's economic future. 
Download this handout on Effective ways to Communicate with your Legislators.
Take a couple of minutes to thank Senator Detert for her unwavering support and sponsorship of this bill. Her contact info is here.

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