We're celebrating progress for students today! SB 5030 was just passed last night by the Washington State Senate in a strong bipartisan vote of 48-1.
If passed, Senate Bill 5030 will:
- create a statutory definition of comprehensive school counseling services that includes support for academic achievement, mental health needs, and college and career planning
- require that counselors spend at least eighty percent (80%) of their work time providing direct services to students
The bill has received broad support from the Washington School Counselors Association, the Washington Education Association, the full bipartisan membership of the Senate education committee, and our partners in the High School Success Coalition including Black Education Strategy Roundtable, Schools Out Washington, Treehouse, College Success Foundation, Graduate Tacoma, and Education Reform Now.
During the bill's hearing in the the Senate Education Committee last month, elementary school counselor Debi testified in support of Senate Bill 5030. She explained to members that her time is of the essence in order to perform her role effectively and emphasized the importance of having flexibility to spend as much time as she needs with each student, teacher, or classroom.
"The most important aspect of my job as a counselor is the ability to unequivocally give the message that each child is honored and valued, and that there is always time for them."
Senate Bill 5030 will protect Debi's time while she supports students, along with every school counselor in Washington State. Now that it's heading to the House, can you take one moment right now to urge your lawmakers to vote yes on this critical bill?