Jan. 23, 2014

Message from Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Director of Public Policy
ESSCP funded at $49.561 for FY 14.

This week the House and Senate approved an Omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations that President Obama is expected to sign today. ASCA is pleased that the bill will level-fund The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program (ESSCP) at $49.561 million. While we are disappointed Congress didn't restore the recent sequester cuts we realize that the preservation of this program, despite the current fiscal climate, is a step in the right direction. The FY 14 funding for ESSCP is a direct result of your advocacy to save this program.

In addition to the ESSCP funding the Omnibus included an increase of $28.516 million ($90 million total) to the Safe and Drug Free School Communities and National Programs. Exact guidance on these funds has not been released but the program references comprehensive school safety and school climate initiatives. ASCA will be sure to keep membership notified if this proves to be further opportunities for increased school counseling services.

What happens next? The US Department of Education (ED) will hold a grant competition for the next round of ESSCP grantees. ASCA will notify members of the grant announcement via social networking sites, the ASCA homepage as well as email blasts. Stay tuned!More

National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7, 2014, is just around the corner. Are you prepared to take advantage of the week to share information on how students are different as a result of school counselor's work? Get materials, many of them free, to help celebrate the week. If you want to order any stickers, posters or other items, you must place your order no later than Jan. 24, 2014, to ensure you'll have your items before National School Counseling Week.

How do you plan to celebrate? Join the ASCA SCENE conversation about ways to celebrate. More

New York State Career Development Association
2014 NYS Conference
"No One Left Behind, Reclaiming Our Vision for Workforce Wellness"
May 29-30, 2014, Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel Amherst, NY

For a Conference Brochure, click HERE.

For the Call for Proposals, latest details and registration information visit: https://sites.google.com/site/newyorkcda/.More

Save the date
NYSSCA's annual conference will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014 at the Hilton in Albany. The theme for this year is "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful." Our call for programs is now available HERE. Program proposals will be done online this year.More

How LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook changed college admissions
The Christian Science Monitor
Today students are tweeting, connecting and Flickr-ing their way into college acceptance emails (complete with a YouTube video welcome). Web-first admissions also have an unexpected benefit for a highly sought group of students — underprivileged students in need of guidance through the complicated process.More

New York City wakes up to around a foot of snow — but schools to stay open
New York Daily News
Even though New Yorkers awoke to as many as 13 inches of snow on the ground, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña decided late evening on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to keep schools open Wednesday. The Department of Education warned that travel conditions might be difficult.More

The great college aid game: Ways students can avoid full sticker price
The Christian Science Monitor
This is the second article in a series following five New Rochelle High School seniors in New York on their quest for college financial aid. The project is a partnership between The Christian Science Monitor and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University. More

Gov. Cuomo promises $2 billion in technology upgrades for schools — rich and poor
New York Daily News
It's a tale of two technologies for city schoolchildren. "We have one set of schools for rich people, one set of schools for poor people," Gov. Cuomo told a packed room at the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network. "You go into a school on the rich side of town, and they'll show you their first-graders know how to work the fancy new Pentium-process computers. You go to a school on the poor side of town, the most sophisticated piece of electronic equipment is the metal detector you walk through."More

New York governor proposes 4 percent school aid increase
The Wall Street Journal
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed spending $807 million more on schools in the next school year, with $100 million going toward expanding universal pre-kindergarten programs. That's a 3.8 percent spending increase over the current school year, but the governor's critics say it's not enough. More

Cuomo's pre-kindergarten plans set up tax conflict with de Blasio
The New York Times
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a budget plan containing a glittering prize for Mayor Bill de Blasio: money for the prekindergarten classes that he had made a centerpiece of his insurgent bid for mayor. Blasio sent back a calm, but firm message: Not good enough.More

US Learning Registry aims to tailor online content for educators
Education Week
Federal officials are trying to build participation in an online information network designed to organize and vet academic content for educators, a tool meant to free them from having to go through time-consuming, site-by-site searches for materials. The U.S. Department of Education and other entities have been working on the network, known as the Learning Registry, for two years, though they say they only recently finished the computer code for the system. More