Texas: Teachers call on govt. to provide funding for more school counselors

May 25, 2018, Houston Chronicle: After Santa Fe shooting, Texas governor wants more counselors in schools. Texas law doesn’t require them In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly stressed the vital role school counselors and mental health professionals play in identifying troubled students. … School experts say if the governor and lawmakers want to make meaningful reforms, the state must require counselors on every campus, set manageable caseloads and limit how much time they can spend on non-counseling duties. All of these proposals will cost money, which educators say must come from the state because cash-strapped school districts often have to choose between hiring a counselor or a teacher….