Union: Let the counselors counsel
More from the teacher negotiations:
There's no response yet from the Hillsborough County School District on whether teachers and aides will be given pay raises this year. The union also asked Thursday for a new way of calculating pay for retired teachers who return to work, so that's a cost factor as well.
On Friday, the union tried to address the problem of guidance counselors who spend much of their time proctoring exams with this proposed work rule:
"Guidance counselors will apportion a minimum of 80% of their work time to providing direct services (including - but not limited to - the school counseling core curriculum, individual student planning, and social responsive services) with students and a maximum of 20% of their work time to providing indirect services (including - but not limited to - program, staff, school, and assessment support activities) for students, families, teachers, and schools/sites."
Counselors in Hillsborough schools have caseloads that are typically double what is recommended by their professional organizations. On top of that, they wind up spending much of their time overseeing standardized tests when they could be meeting with students.