NYC DOE to Track Guidance Counselors

NYC DOE to Track Guidance Counselors

Beth Fertig, for WNYC, broke this story about the city’s plans to track what guidance counselors are doing throughout the day.

The city council heard testimony about a new bill that would require the Department of Education to provide data every year about what the guidance counselors are doing, and whom they serve. The bill requires numbers, specifically: counselors in each school, and counselor to student ratios. The concern is that the distribution is uneven.

Mission-Action-PhotoNationally, the recommended ratio is 1 counselor for every 250 students.

Counselors, what is your take? Have you heard about this plan?

The Chancellor created a new office this year, headed by Lois Herrera, to oversee guidance and school counseling. Counselors, what has your dealing been with this new office? We’d love to hear your story!

One group pushing for the oversight is the Urban Youth Collaborative, a group led by youth, dedicated to taking on student issues.

Part of the problem is that students need these counselors to guide them through the college application process. The city says that it’s training teachers and staff to help.

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