Kuhn, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions and School Counselors

Kuhn, the Structure of Scientific Revolutions and School Counselors

It never occurred to me that when I entered my doctoral program that I’d be reading a book called The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn. Written in 1962, Kuhn’s book on the structure of scientific revolutions is incredibly dense. It talks about paradigms, the route to normal science, the nature of normal science, and the crisis of emergence of scientific theories. I thought, “What has this got to do with social sciences?” Then I began to read it...

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USDOE Wants SEAs and LEAs to Fund School Counselors!

USDOE Wants SEAs and LEAs to Fund School Counselors!

Yesterday I posted a copy of Arne Duncan’s email letter to Chief State School Officers on School Counseling. Arne called for schools and LEAs to “further support student success by engaging school counselors in a leadership capacity to serve as trainers and providers of professional development designed to improve all educators’ understanding of the college awareness, admissions, and financial aid processes.” ... Today’s post serves as a call to school counselors, administrators and others to promote this information with your SEAs and LEAs.

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LCFF and LCAP: School Counselors Supporting Legislatively Protected Youth in ALL Eight Areas

LCFF and LCAP: School Counselors Supporting Legislatively Protected Youth in ALL Eight Areas

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) replaces California’s state-controlled school finance system with one that has more local control and greater transparency. Under the new system districts will receive base funding, plus supplemental funds for legislatively protected youth. Students classified “protected” include: Low-Income (LI), English Learners (EL) and Foster Youth (FY). The vast majority of school districts will receive more funding under the new formula than was received in previous years.

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8 is Enough… School Counselors Meet ALL Eight Priority Areas

8 is Enough… School Counselors Meet ALL Eight Priority Areas

The elimination of categorical programs that once provided funding for school counselors creates a sense of urgency to advocate for including school counselors in Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP). Unlike many other states, California does not require school counselors, not even in high schools. There is no guarantee that any student, needy or not, will receive any school counseling services. Some districts “choose” to fund base fund school counselors K-12, and others do not. Many districts that previously utilized categorical dollars to fund base and/or additional at-risk counselors will now need to include them in the LCAP.

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LCFF and LCAP: Local Advocacy Required to Ensure Students to Receive Vital School Counseling Services

LCFF and LCAP: Local Advocacy Required to Ensure Students to Receive Vital School Counseling Services

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) spending regulations were finalized at the January State Board of Education (SBE) meeting. Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) templates are now scheduled for release by March 31, 2014. The passing of LCFF eliminated most categorical programs and places decision making for spending in the hands of local school communities. As Governor Brown stated when he visited the SBE: “Instead of prescriptive commands issued from headquarters here in Sacramento, more general goals have been established for each local school to attain, each in its own way.”

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