GA Companion Bills Would Increase Pupil Services Staff (October 8, 2019)

The General Assembly is considering companion bills,  HB 1500 and SB 749, that would increase the number of school counselors, school psychologists, and social workers in PA schools. Both bills recommend ratios of 250 students per counselor, 250 students per social worker, and 500 students per school psychologist. Those ratios are as recommended by the PA School Counselors Association.

HB 1500 was referred to committee on May 23rd and SB 749 was referred to committee on June 10th. Neither bill has moved from committee.

There is no question that students would benefit from such ratios, but the big question for school boards and administrators is how to afford the additional staff without state dollars being attached to the legislation.