Senate passes Mullet bill requiring robust school counselor access

The Senate today passed legislation to ensure students have adequate access to school counselors, not only for career guidance but to address trauma and mental health needs during increasingly stressful times. “These are people with master’s degrees who are trained to change our kids’ lives, and yet they’re being tapped to pull recess duty or proctor tests or do whatever’s needed in the course of the day,” said Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), the bill’s sponsor. “My bill requires schools to allow counselors to focus at least 80 percent of their work week on their primary duties, which is to improve our kids’ lives for the better.” Senate Bill 5030 still allows administrators the flexibility to assign up to 20 percent of ...

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