Assembly Votes To Extend Counseling To At-Risk Students

June 07, 2007
Contact: Richard Woonacott @  (916) 319-2687

The California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill (AB) 131 by a vote of 78 to 1.  This bill, authored by Assembly Member Jim Beall, Jr. (D - San Jose), helps at-risk students currently attending county operated schools to receive needed academic and career counseling services.

“The children served by county offices of education need the extra academic and career counseling AB 131 provides to help them understand how their current education can lead to successful futures,” said Assembly Member Beall.

AB 131 allows county access to the extra funds.  Last year, AB 1802 established the Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling program. This valuable program authorizes the California Department of Education to grant over $208 million in extra counseling funding to school districts, but not to county offices of education.

“We applaud the Assembly for recognizing this inequity and passing AB 131 with bipartisan support,” said Barrett Snider, with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

According to Darline P. Robles, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, “A great thing happened when the Governor established the Middle and High School Supplemental Counseling program.  This great thing can be made even greater by including those who attend county-run schools.”

"Opening up the supplemental counseling program to county offices of education provides needed academic and career counseling to over 54,000 of the most at-risk students in the State," said Assembly Member Beall.

AB 131 heads to the Senate Education Committee next.