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Counselors to get more student time

Act 190, which was Senate Bill 199, sponsored by Sen. Breanne Davis, R-Russellville, and Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Horatio, establishes the School Counseling Improvement Act of 2019. The act will require districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program and plan. Davis and Vaught attended the ceremony Thursday.

Act 190 is meant to reduce a counselor's administrative duties, such as paperwork, and allow school counselors to spend at least 90 percent of their working hours during student-contact days providing direct and indirect student services.

Davis, who served for nine years

on the Russellville School Board, said she knows first-hand the importance of school counselors.

"I appreciate so much the governor's work on this and the support of the school counselors in fighting for what is right in their career field, which is direct contact with their students," Davis said.

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