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March 12, 2010


Co-sponsors - HOUSE SSW Week Resolution
Several of you have emailed about who the 29 co-sponsors were. In addition to our sponsors, Kennedy (D-RI) and Ehlers (R-MI), here's the list. Also remember that you can find information about any bill in Congress by going to

If you had a member co-sponsor, please send a "thank you!"

Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] - 2/22/2010

Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 3/9/2010
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 2/26/2010

Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 2/22/2010
Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 2/24/2010

Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] - 2/22/2010
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 2/22/2010

Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 2/22/2010
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 2/22/2010

Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 2/22/2010
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] - 2/26/2010

Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 2/26/2010
Rep Kissell, Larry [NC-8] - 2/22/2010

Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 2/22/2010
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 2/26/2010

Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 2/22/2010
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 2/22/2010

Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 3/2/2010
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] - 2/22/2010

Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 2/22/2010
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 2/26/2010

Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 3/2/2010
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] - 2/26/2010

Rep Rodriguez, Ciro D. [TX-23] - 2/22/2010
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] - 2/22/2010

Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 2/22/2010
Rep Tonko, Paul D. [NY-21] - 3/4/2010

Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 2/26/2010
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 2/22/2010

February 24, 2010

Dear Colleague:

In the interest of promoting school safety and students' well-being, we ask that you join us in requesting $55 million for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) in fiscal year 2011.

School-employed counseling professionals are at the forefront of efforts to help students cope with violence, peer conflicts, deployment of parents to combat areas, grief and loss, heightened security threats, transitioning to new schools, as well as the possible ongoing mental health effects of such events. These professionals guide students in academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and career development, putting them on a path toward a successful educational future and a rewarding career.

The ESSCP aims to establish comprehensive school counseling programs so that school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and other qualified psychologists can work together to make a difference in our students' lives. For the 2007-08 school year, this program provided support services in 97 school districts in 22 states. In fiscal year 2010,the ESSCP was funded at $55 million, and we are sending the letter below to appropriators asking that Congress provide the same amount in FY11 for this essential program.

Congress made a commitment to ensuring our children's educational success, and school counseling services play an essential role in this important goal. Please join us in supporting the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program so that our students have every opportunity to succeed. This letter is considered a programmatic request and does not require members to submit individual disclosure forms. If you would like more information or wish to sign on the letter to appropriators, please contact Kirtley Fisher at 5-2735 or (Rep. Langevin) or Rachel Fenton at 5-3831 or (Rep. Ehlers) by March 12th.


James R.Langevin
Member of Congress

Vernon J. Ehlers
Member of Congress

March XX, 2010

The Honorable David R. Obey
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
2358-B Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Todd Tiahrt
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington , DC 20515

Dear Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Tiahrt:

As you prepare appropriations legislation for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2011, we respectfully request that you provide $55 million in funding for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP), as you did in the bill passed by the House of Representatives for fiscal year 2010.

The ESSCP is the only federal program devoted to the creation and expansion of counseling programs in our nation's schools. As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, Congress expanded the ESSCP to include secondary school activities, but, due to the program’s statutory funding trigger, secondary schools cannot benefit unless total funding exceeds $40 million, with that base amount reserved for elementary schools. As you know, Congress appropriated $55 million for the ESSCP in the FY 2010 omnibus spending bill, which allowed both middle and high schools to apply for grant funds this year.

For the 2007-08 school year, this program provided support services in 97 school districts in 22 states. The need for counseling services at both the elementary and secondary school levels is clear, but the ability of school-employed counseling professionals to assist students in need is hindered by extraordinarily high student-to-professional ratios. Currently, the average student-to-counselor ratio in America ’s public schools is 460 to 1, while the student-to-school psychologist ratio is over 1600 to 1. The American School Health Association recommends maximum ratios of one school counselor to 250 students, one school social worker to 400 students, and one school psychologist to 1,000 students, but these professionals are often faced with caseloads of double or even triple that size.

The ESSCP allows school-employed counseling professionals like school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, child and adolescent psychiatrists and other qualified psychologists, to work together to establish a comprehensive counseling program that helps to address barriers to learning and promote academic success. These professionals guide students in academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and career development, preparing them for fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. They also work collaboratively to help students overcome barriers that impede their ability to stay in school, achieve academically, and develop the communication and interpersonal relationship skills needed to be successful in college and future employment. A systematic educational planning program helps a student to make individual choices geared to his or her unique abilities, interests and goals, which is an important goal of No Child Left Behind. This kind of guidance is in demand now more than ever as we prepare students for the 21st century, and future education and careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

We appreciate your support for the ESSCP, and we ask that once again Congress fulfills its commitment to ensuring students’ success and well-being by sufficiently funding this program in FY 2011. We look forward to working with you on this important initiative and appreciate your consideration of this request.




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