Florida School Counselors:
If you were a school counselor in Florida during the 2013-14 school year, you should have recently received a critically important survey from OPPAGA that was sent via email.
So you are all informed, having the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) conduct this survey for school counseling is a first and important step for our profession in the state. This office only takes projects as directed by state law, the presiding officers, or the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee and because of the prestige and credibility this office holds in Tallahassee, the results and a strong response rate are important. Results will be used for ‘next steps’ to garner support and potential legislative action (bills) to support school counseling.
Folks… this is YOUR FUTURE… Although we can’t predict exactly what may result, we do know from the advocacy work these past few years and the time spent in conversations with legislators and the governor’s office, that this information will be extremely helpful in efforts to support and expand school counseling across the state. The survey you received yesterday is one of a number of steps FSCA is taking to garner state-wide support for our profession.
We encourage you to complete the survey. Additionally, because legislators ask how many school counselors are members of FSCA, having a strong membership base is important. If you can, please join FSCA. http://www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/
If you believe should have received a survey and did not, please contact Kim Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-717-0530 so that she can provide you with a unique link for completing the survey. Keep in mind that survey links are unique and should not be shared with others.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please feel free to contact any of us with questions.
FSCA Board Chair
Rebecca A. SchumacherFSCA, Immediate Past President
FSCA, Asst. Chair & Advocacy Chair