H.R.981: Put School Counselors Where They're Needed Act


The Put School Counselors Where They’re Needed Act (H.R. 981) would provide funding for additional counselors and other resources, such as professional development, in Title I schools with high drop-out rates. This program would be carried out through a $5 million annually competitive grant program targeted at least 10 secondary schools that have a graduation rate of 60% or lower. The legislation mandates that counselors identify students who are at risk of dropping out, preferably by the ninth grade, and provide counseling as needed.

If a school receives grants for additional counselors and demonstrates significant improvement (an increase in graduation rate by ten percent or more) over the first grant period, they become be eligible for funding in subsequent grant periods.

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Date Introduced

February 05, 2019


House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled