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Bill S5369A-2013

Directs the commissioner of education to study and report on the provision of services to public school students in grades 8 through 12 by guidance counselors

Directs the commissioner of education to study and report on the provision of services to public school students in grades 8 through 12 by guidance counselors.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 13, 2013: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5369A
  • Jun 10, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.1118
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO EDUCATION
  • Jun 4, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO NEW YORK CITY EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5369A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the commissioner of education to examine, evaluate and make recommendations on the provision of services by public school guidance counselors to students in grades 8 through 12

PURPOSE:

To direct the commissioner of education to study and report on the provision of services to public school students by guidance counselors.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of the bill requires the commissioner of education to (a) determine the ration of guidance counselors to students; (b) the amount of time guidance counselors spend with students in a school year; (c) the number of students guidance counselors interview in a school quarter; (d) the number of students in each grade that are interviewed by a guidance counselor during a quarter; (e) the services guidance counselors provide to students; (f) the number of hours guidance counselors are available to students each school day; and (g) the type of services that should be provided.

JUSTIFICATION:

School counselors can be a vital piece of the college readiness puzzle for high school students. For instance, guidance counselors encouraging students to take AP courses, help students through the college application and financial aid process, and also connect students with community resources to help them succeed both during high school and after graduation. School counselors work in collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to the education and emotional development of all students. However, many counselors are bogged down with tasks that don't allow them to put their skills to work. In addition, there is also a concern that the student to counselor ratio may be too high, which makes it difficult for the counselor to help students achieve their goals, whether it be college or work. This bill would require the Commissioner of Education to undertake a comprehensive study of guidance counselors on a school district and statewide basis to come up with proposals to implement recommendations to help guidance counselors fulfill their roll.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5369--A Cal. No. 1118 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FELDER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged and said bill committed to the New York City Education Subcommittee -- reported favorably from said subcommittee and commit- ted to the Committee on Education -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to direct the commissioner of education to examine, evaluate and make recommendations on the provision of services by public school guidance counselors to students in grades 8 through 12 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The commissioner of education is hereby directed to exam- ine, evaluate and make recommendations on the provision of services to public school students in grades 8 through 12 by guidance counselors. Such commissioner shall study, with particular care: (a) the ratio of guidance counselors to students in grades 8 through 12, by public school, school district and statewide; (b) the amount of time each guidance counselor spends with each student in grades 8 through 12 during a school year, by public school, school district and statewide; (c) the number of students in grades 8 through 12 each guidance coun- selor interviews during a school quarter, by public school, school district and statewide; (d) the number of students in each grade that are interviewed by a guidance counselor during a school quarter, by public school, school district and statewide; (e) the services guidance counselors provide to students in grades 8 through 12, by public school and school district;
(f) the number of hours guidance counselors are available to students in grades 8 through 12 each school day, by public school, school district and statewide; (g) the types and frequency of guidance counselor services that should be provided to public school students in grades 8 through 12. S 2. On or before January 1, 2014, the commissioner of education shall submit a report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, and the chairs of the senate and assembly committees on educa- tion. Such report shall also include such legislative proposals as the commissioner deems necessary to implement his or her recommendations. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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