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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Advocacy Update - March 3, 2014

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FSCA eNews Update
March 3, 2014


Advocacy Update and Alert

FSCA now has a bill filed in the House by Representative Mark Danish, HB 1139, to accompany the Senate Bill 902 filed earlier this month by Senator Detert.
Last week, five FSCA Advocacy Team members joined Carole Green in meeting with over 10 Senators and Representatives, plus Mr. McGhee in the Governor’s office. In our meetings, we distributed the “2014 handout for the hill” and discussed the importance of school counseling programs/counselors impacting students in our state. We were warmly and I would say, enthusiastically received by most of the representatives.  
Being out of the starting gate now with both the senate and house having bills filed, I want to encourage you to take some “next steps”:
1) reach out to your colleagues and associates in your area of the state to encourage them to contact legislators asking for support of these bills, and 
2) meet and communicate with your representatives. I am very hopeful that this bill will pass this year; and with such strong potential of providing critical evidence for the need of more school counselors to deliver and impact children, this bill will be a win-win for the work we do for children. 
Thanks so much,
Becky Schumacher
FSCA President
 

FSCA Announces the 2014 Scholarship Competition

Eligibility & General Guidelines for Two $500 Scholarships:
  • Participants should be high school seniors.
  • Essays should not exceed one page providing detailed information on the impact your school counselor has had on you.
  • ALL Essays must be submitted with a FSCA Essay Competition Entry Form
Deadlines:
April 4, 2014 - Deadline for submissions (post mark Date)
May 1, 2014- Finalists announced Details listed in the Student section of the FSCA website.

2014 Convention: Save the Date

OCTOBER 23, 2014 to OCTOBER 25, 2014
 
Pre-Convention Workshops & Opening Reception
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Breakout Sessions & Awards Banquet Friday, October 24, 2014
Breakout Sessions Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014
DOUBLETREE by Hilton
Orlando at SeaWorld 10100 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
 
More information published soon!

Upcoming Webinars

FSCA's 2014 Day on the Hill: A Legislative Update
FREE to all
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Eastern
Discussion about CyberBullying and Substantial Disruption Test
Monday, March 10, 2014 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM Eastern

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