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Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Announces Career Counseling Bill

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February 12, 2013

By: Brendan

In a press release today, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced a bill designed to improve school counseling resources across the country. The Counseling for Career Choice Act of 2013 provides increased support and professional development for school counselors to have the resources and materials to help students make educated decisions about their future, whether it is a four-year university, career and technical education program in high school or other option.

The bill is being introduced as part of the reauthorization process for the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act. Counseling and guidance is an integral part of the education process and in preparing students to be college and career ready. ACTE strongly supports career counseling as a top priority during the ESEA reauthorization and has worked closely with Senator Begich’s office in the development of this bill. For these reasons, ACTE is proud to support the Senator’s legislation, and we applaud him for efforts to support career and technical education.

Because the bill has not been introduced yet, its text is not publicly available. However, Senator Begich also released a fact sheet to provide a brief overview of the bill. The Senator will officially announce the bill during a video teleconference with the Juneau Economic Development Council on February 12, and will introduce the bill in the Senate in the following days. 

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