Lawmakers Upset About Lack of School Counselors

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0  Updated at 11:25 am, June 14th, 2013 By: EastIdahoNews.com
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(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – State lawmakers are upset about the lack of guidance counselors in Idaho’s public high schools. A legislative report released Wednesday shows that the Gem State has an average of 489 students for every counselor. That’s compared to the national average of 471 and nearly twice the recommended standard of 250. Experts point out a direct correlation between a low student-to-counselor ratio and the number of students who go on to attend college. Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer of Idaho Falls says counselors are an “essential tool.”