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School counselors struggle to help seniors with college plans

by thenotebook on Dec 23 2013 Posted in Latest news

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

As application deadlines loom for many of the nation's top colleges, guidance counselors in Philadelphia's traditional public high schools are scrambling to ensure that the needs of all students are met.

According to Philly School Counselors United, staff shortages due to budget cuts have made the undertaking "frantic" for counselors and a "struggle" for the School District's seniors.

Christine Donnelly is the only guidance counselor for the Academy at Palumbo's more than 800 students.

It's hard, she said, to juggle the college prospects of her 182 seniors while taking care of the emotional needs of students in the entire school.

"I have to pick and choose," she said. "I can't do them all."

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 12:32.

Philly School Counselors United? That is a special interest group and shouldn't be taken seriously. And why are academic counselors tending to students' "emotional" needs anyway? They are not qualified to do so.

Submitted by anon (not verified) on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:35.

of course you're right. i guess all the extra "emotional needs" counselors are sitting on their collective ass somewhere.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 16:50.

It's not the school district's business to be giving counseling to kids with emotional problems. Let the parent's seek out professional help through their Obamacare when they buy it.

Submitted by anon (not verified) on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 18:49.

life must be very orderly living in your compartmentalized little world where everything is black and white and children never color over the lines. dull, but orderly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 09:06.

As a guidance counselor....Please know we are qualified to do both socio-emotional, academic and behavioral health! We are hired to do it all. We are social workers and academic advisors rolled into one!

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