Counseling and Development Program Celebrates Passage of Historic Education Bill

Posted: May 1, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) counseling and development program holds an event today in the SUB II Ballroom to celebrate the passage of Virginia House Bill 1136: Elementary Counselors in Standards of Quality, which mandates counselors in all Virginia K-12 public schools. This bill replaces a legal option in Virginia to hire either a reading teacher or an elementary school counselor, at the discretion of the school principal.

The event recognizes school counselors and their professional organizations, school communities, policy makers, and counselor educators, as well as faculty members in the counseling and development program, who have worked toward the passage of the bill. Speakers include President Alan Merten, GSE Dean Jeff Gorrell, and Delegate James Dillard.

“It is significant to hold this event at George Mason since the Graduate School of Education’s counseling and development faculty has taken a clear leadership role, working closely with school counseling leaders and organizations, to advocate for change within Virginia,” says Fred Bemak, coordinator of the counseling and development program. “Our school counselor education program is identified statewide as a highly visible and proactive program advocating for the needs of children through the vital redefined role of the school counselor.”

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