In a report called “The Power of Guidance” released Thursday, Liu calls on the city Education Department to spend $170 million to hire an additional 1,612 high school guidance counselors.
That would bring bringing the total number of high school counselors to 2,907.
“Students need enhanced advising and guidance that address both the developmental and practical components of college planning and preparation,” the report states.
Guidance counselors in public schools are ideally positioned to help kids get into college, Liu argues, because they advise kids on academic and personal matters.
With 290,653 students enrolled in city high school, the additional counselors would establish a ratio of one counselor per 100 students.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Hiring More Guidance Counselors
Last week, Comptroller John Liu called for the NYCDOE to hire more guidance counselors, specifically college counselors, to help students with their post-secondary plans.