Protect student access to school counselors

Legislation | 02/23/2021

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Director, Stand for Children Washington

Debi has been an elementary school counselor in Everett for over 30 years. Throughout her career she's been able to watch her young students mature into adults, achieve their goals, and overcome familiar pre-pubescent struggles. 

In order to perform her role effectively, Debi emphasizes the importance of having flexibility to spend as much time as she needs with each student, teacher, or classroom. She made it clear to the Senate Education Committee last month when she testified in support of Senate Bill 5030 that her time is of the essence:

"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. Can you take one moment right now to urge your Senator to vote yes on this critical bill? 

Time is of the essence. Senate Bill 5030 will be debated by the Senate as soon as this week, and they need to hear from you. Add your story about why counselors are critical to student success to this email and hit send as soon as you can.

Thank you for standing with us and standing up for students.


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