School counselors matter, key education committees and more from The Education Trust Midwest
School Counselors Matter
Supporting the academic and social-emotional success and well-being of students is a critical role for the team of educators that interact with Michigan students each day. In addition to classroom educators, school counselors are essential for supporting student success. Yet across Michigan and throughout the nation, students are denied these important resources and supports, particularly students with the greatest need.
This week is School Counseling Week in Michigan – highlighting the role that school counselors play in the lives of students in school, for post-secondary education planning and in life.
[R]esearch links increased access to school counselors in high-poverty schools with higher student attendance and graduation rates as well as lower disciplinary rates. Research also demonstrates that Black students and prospective first-generation college students are more likely to identify their school counselor as the person who had the most impact on their thinking about postsecondary education than their White or non-first generation peers respectively.
According to a recently-released fact sheet from The Education Trust, Reach Higher, and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) last week, Michigan is both failing to meet the student-to-school-counselor ratio recommended by research as well as lagging behind national averages.
For Michigan to become a top ten education state, all Michigan students must be supported to succeed in school and in life. School counselors play a critical role for helping students navigate complex education systems, post-secondary options and a wide range of challenges in and outside of the school building.
Education Committees Named
Over the past few weeks, education committees in the Michigan House of Representatives and State Senate have been named. Members of the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee are listed below. Over the next several weeks, check back for other committees impacting education policy and budgets.
Senate K-12 and Michigan Department of Education Appropriations Subcommittee
- Chair: Wayne A Schmidt (R – 37th District)
- Vice-Chair: Rick Outman (R – 33rd District)
- Kevin Daley (R – 31st District)
- Jon Bumstead (R – 34th District)
- Rosemary Bayer (D – 12th District)
Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee will meet today, Feburary 5 at Noon in room 1300 of the Binsfeld Building. Agenda: organizational meeting.
House School Aid and Department of Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet tomorrow, February 6 at noon in room 352 of the State Capitol Building. Agenda: presentation on the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS)
State of the State Address: Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to give her first State of the State address on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm.
- Meet the people who could help decide the fate of schools in Michigan this year – Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat
- Why School Counselors Matter – Letisha Marrero
- Catching Up With the Class: Why Michigan Schools Are Underperforming and What’s Being Done – Christina Clark, MetroParent
- Civil Rights Groups Urge States to Ensure ESSA Plans Help Vulnerable Children – Alyson Klein, Education Week