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Attleboro, MA: "Student increasingly come to class with social and emotional problems"

Nov 28, 2017, Attleboro (MA) Sun Chronicle: Local schools struggling with counselor crunch http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/local-schools-struggling-with-counselor-crunch/article_e81a5791-3939-5e69-b6f9-ca255254609a.html Local school officials say their students increasingly come to class with social and emotional problems, yet tight budgets limit how much help they can give. … The school department is struggling between the need to restore those teachers as money becomes available and the need to add adjustment counselors and others to help with student emotional problems. … He said Attleboro is far from alone in feeling the impact of the increased problems students are having and his colleagues in North Attleboro and Norton agree. “Anxiety and stress and depression are absolutely up. It’s from pre-school to 12th grade,” Norton Superintendent Joseph Baeta said. He said he does not know for sure why emotional problems are on the rise, but he calls it the loss of simplicity in children’s lives. … “It’s not unusual anywhere. It’s very usual,” he said of the rise in emotional problems. ...