Tuesday, February 2, 2010

National School Counseling Week

January 26, 2010 - For Immediate Release

Congress Passes Sánchez Resolution: “National School Counseling Week”

Washington, DC – Today the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 1029, a resolution spearheaded by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), to honor the important role school counselors play in the lives of students across the country by declaring February 1-5, 2010, as “National School Counseling Week.”

Rep. Linda Sánchez urged her colleagues to join her in this important effort during a floor speech today, where she recognized two outstanding counselors from her district. “Angela Castellanos of Santa Fe High School in Whittier, Calif., and Alex Paredes of Southeast High School in South Gate, Calif., are just two examples of counselors who do exceptional work every single day to help our students reach their highest potential,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “It is because of the unending dedication of counselors like Angela and Alex that children across our country succeed in becoming engineers, doctors, and even members of Congress.”

Sánchez noted that California’s student-to-school-counselor ratio is a dismal 945 students to one school counselor – almost four times the recommended ratio of 250-to-one. School counselors play a vital role in the development of students on academic, social, and personal levels but unfortunately often find themselves the casualty of budget cuts.

“Our counselors do amazing, and often unrecognized, work,” continued Sánchez. “Our communities are strengthened by the students who are championed by their school counselors. I hope that National School Counseling Week has a greater impact than just the recognition of outstanding counselors – I hope that it helps policymakers recognize that, to do well inside the classroom, students often need extra assistance outside the classroom.”

View Rep. Sánchez’ entire speech at