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Superintendents balk at school counselor plan

Superintendents balk at school counselor plan

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- School district superintendents are rejecting a state education board proposal that could increase the number of counselors in secondary schools.

The proposal would require one counselor for every 350 secondary students. The Utah State Office of Education says the statewide average is one counselor for every 395 students.

If the State Board of Education adopts the proposal, districts that don't comply could lose state funding.

Superintendents call the proposal a potentially expensive unfunded mandate that could result in larger class sizes, cuts in other school programs and tax increases.

The proposed rule, to be discussed by the board today, also states school counselors shouldn't do clerical work such as administering tests or changing class schedules.

State education leaders say they would ask state lawmakers for $8 million to hire counselors.


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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