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Minnesota schools rank low on student support

Schools in Minnesota are hard-pressed by current budgets and priorities to address the non-academic needs of students. MPR news and the Star Tribune share more about legislation proposed to address our high school counselor to student ratio.    

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Lack of school counselors give state a low rating

Julia Van Susteren, Hibbing Daily Tribune, February 10, 2015 ST. PAUL — While Minnesota regularly ranks high on national standards of health and happiness, the state ranks low in a critical area of its education. On average, there is only one school counselor per 792 students, a ratio which puts Minnesota at 48th in the […]

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Minnesota’s awful student-school counselor ratio may finally improve

Chris Steller, MinnPost, May 7, 2014 – Minnesota may have recently ranked as the nation’s third-healthiest state, but another third place the state earned is nothing brag about: 792 students for every school counselor — the nation’s third-highest ratio. To put it another way: we’re 48th! The national average is 460:1. North Dakota’s ratio is 312:1. The […]

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State leaders need to address severe shortage of school counselors

David Warner, MinnPost Community Voices, February 14, 2014 – Minnesota has one school counselor for every 792 students, ranking it 48th in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education. For a state that comes out on top in so many areas, we are woefully short in providing sufficient counseling services for our kids. Gov. […]

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Local bright spots in college readiness push

Star Tribune Editorial, December 4, 2013 – Minneapolis is past the unproven theory phase of education reform. A city whose recent election focused on improving school performance and whose retiring mayor will soon spearhead a major effort to close the achievement gap is ready to seize and maximize strategies that have produced proven results. Encouraging reports have […]

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Minn. lawmakers consider bill to set minimum school counselor ratios

Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, March 21, 2013 – Minnesota legislators are holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would set minimum counselor-to-student ratios in public schools. Minnesota currently ranks as having one of the highest ratios in the nation, according to the American School Counselor Association. Several states have mandated minimum ratios. The Minnesota legislation would […]

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Franken: Student mental health key in helping school security

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, January 8, 2013 – Sen. Al Franken met with school officials Monday in Eagan to discuss school safety, three weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The conversation ranged from school security to better monitoring the mental health of students to prevent future violence. Dakota Hills Middle […]

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Imagine new paths for grades 11-14

Star Tribune Editorial, June 25, 2012 – State education leaders seek to blur high school/college line. THE FEDERAL VIEW “There are too many ways that students don’t stay on track (in high school). … There are too many gaps in the system. We’re not aligning K-12 and higher education in the way that we’re going […]

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Too many kids, too few counselors in nation’s schools

TJ Jerke, Grand Forks Herald, May 28, 2012 – Minnesota faces a shortage of school counselors and those who remain must work with more students than ever, according to the Minnesota Association of School Counselors. The average ratio of students to counselors in the state is 771 to 1, among the highest ratio in the […]

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School counselors in short supply in Minnesota

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, May 22, 2012 – ST. PAUL, Minn. — After two public school students in southeastern Minnesota committed suicide this spring, experts expressed concern about gaps in mental health services in Minnesota schools. On the front lines are school counselors, whose jobs is to help students with problems before a crisis […]

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