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ACA President Advocates for School Counselors on Capitol Hill
ACA President Dr. Lynn E. Linde recently held multiple high-level congressional meetings on the important role of credentialed school counselors in helping all students succeed in school and life. Dr. Linde met with expert staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee to discuss improving students' access to school counselors and explaining the essential services and supports school counselors deliver. Specifically, Dr. Linde met with staff for Senate HELP Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Michael Enzi (R-WY), among others.
These meetings come on the heels of a May 12 Congressional briefing ACA secured for the National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO), which ACA co-chairs with the School Social Work Association of America and the National Association of School Psychologists. The briefing highlighted the coalition's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) recommendations, which are very similar to ACA's. Eight practicing specialized instructional support personnel, including a professional school counselor, shared their insights and concerns directly with congressional staff working on revising, or reauthorizing, ESEA.
Dr. Linde's meetings and NAPSO's briefing are part of ACA's continued strong advocacy to elevate professional school counselors in policy and practice. This includes ACA's submission of numerous Congressional testimonies and recommendations urging increased investments in professional school counselors and comprehensive school counseling programs. For more information, contact ACA Legislative Representative Dominic Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703-823-9800, x242.
One Fourth of the Class of 2010 Has Found Employment
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), has found that nearly one-fourth (24.4%) of the college class of 2010 applying for employment have a position waiting for them after graduation. One year ago, only 19.7% were that fortunate. The NACE 2010 Student Survey was conducted between February and April of this year. More than 31,470 students at 400+ colleges and universities nationwide took part; more than 13,000 of those were graduating seniors.
The graduates most likely to have received offers of employment were those with majors in accounting, business administration, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Salary and job location were cited as the principal factors driving acceptances. A final report for the Class of 2010 will be released later in the year.
American Moms Now Older, Better Educated
Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pew Research Center is reporting that the demography of motherhood in the U. S. has shifted significantly in the past 2 decades. Compared with mothers of newborns in 1990, today's mothers of newborns are older and better educated. They are less likely to be white and not as likely to be married.
In 1990, there were more births to teenagers than to women ages 35 and older. By 2008, that had reversed — 14% of births were to older women and 10% were to teens. Births to women ages 35 and older grew 64% between 1990 and 2008, increasing in all major race and ethnic groups.
Another notable change during this period was the rise in births to unmarried women. In 2008, a record 41% of births in the U. S. were to unmarried women, up from 28% in 1990. The study also examined the attitudinal changes influencing behavior during the period of change.
Worth Reading: Summer School As a Positive, Not a Punishment
In a recent commentary in Education Week, Ron Fairchild and Jeff Smink suggest that summer school might take on an entirely new meaning–one offering an innovative and enriching educational experience for students who would otherwise be caught up in the "summer slide." Summer study is too often seen as the "prison" where students are sent to repeat failed or unsatisfactory academic experiences. The authors challenge policy makers and school administrators to use the summer months to provide unique experiences that could result in closing the achievement and performance gaps that have been widening in recent years.
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