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Associated Press unsung heroes guidance counselors, sometimes underappreciated in difficult budgetary times, are feeling more respect in their quest to combat bullying. Guidance counselors are taking on more students as district budgets get tighter. Above, Guidance Counselor Rosyln Wagner, of Cooper City High School in Florida, talks with one of 800 students. She used to handle just one grade but now she handles several, juggling scheduling, college admissions and support for all of them. T By ED FinkEl he national appetite for combating bullying at the elementary and secondary level in many cases is outpacing the ability of school districts to hire the guidance counselors who head up such efforts, although increased awareness of and sophistication in handling bullying over the past decade are beginning to have a positive effect, counselors say. The ratio of students per counselor nationwide fell steadily from the late 1980s to the late 2000s, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (see graphic), so there are more counselors per child. But that’s probably leveled off since the 2009- 2010 school year, the most recent for which statistics are available, given the end of spending to shore up state and local budgets under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, says Jill Cook, assistant director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). “I don’t think we’ve yet seen the impact of budget cuts in terms of how it plays out with school counselor numbers,” she says. “In another year or two when we see statistics for this past year, we will know the full picture.” Districts with higher ratios of students-per-counJuly/August 2012 65 www.DistrictAdministration.com http://www.DistrictAdministration.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - July/August 2012

District Administration - July/August 2012
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Research Center
Professional Opinion
Supervisor's Opinion
Crisis Response
Going Mobile
Gaming Gains Respect
A Running Start for ELLs
Paul Vallas for Sale
Unsung Heroes
CIO News
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Virtual Schooling
Noteworthy Books
New Products
Product Focus
Problem Solution

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