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Relating to the use of public school counselors’ work time.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 179 would require schools to use 80% of school counselor's work time in counseling-related work. The bill allows a process by which the trustees may change this requirement if they believe their situation is exceptional. The bill also would require the annual assessment by the school district of their compliance with this policy.
Texas Action opposes SB 179 on the principle of limited government. While we do want students to receive adequate counseling, it is unnecessary to set a state-wide mandate that would set the same requirement for school counselors across all school districts in the state. Such decisions are best made by the local ISDs.