ASCA Legislative UPDATE of Interest

Just release from ASCA - December 3, 2015

American School Counselor Association Endorses Every Student Succeeds Act

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has

announced its support for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill to

reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This

bipartisan legislation includes numerous provisions that will allow states and

school districts to expand their school counseling programs to ensure all

students have the skills necessary to graduate from high school college and

career ready.

“ASCA applauds the leadership of Representatives Kline and Scott and

Senators Alexander and Murray in making ESEA reauthorization a priority and

rolling up their sleeves and getting it to a place where it can realistically cross

the finish line,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “We

commend the House of Representatives for passing the measure with

resounding bipartisan support.”

ASCA is pleased that the bill goes beyond just the specifics of classroom

instruction and school leadership by addressing the necessity of academic

counseling, career counseling and safe and healthy school environments.

About ASCA

ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic,

personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and

are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA

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and advocacy to school counselors around the globe. Visit for more information.

ASCA Contact: Kathleen Rakestraw, Director of Communications,

ASCA, (703) 864-8734,