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Message from Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Director of Public Policy

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ESSCP funded at $49.561 for FY 14.

This week the House and Senate approved an Omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations that President Obama is expected to sign today. ASCA is pleased that the bill will level-fund The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program (ESSCP) at $49.561 million. While we are disappointed Congress didn't restore the recent sequester cuts we realize that the preservation of this program, despite the current fiscal climate, is a step in the right direction. The FY 14 funding for ESSCP is a direct result of your advocacy to save this program.

In addition to the ESSCP funding the Omnibus included an increase of $28.516 million ($90 million total) to the Safe and Drug Free School Communities and National Programs. Exact guidance on these funds has not been released but the program references comprehensive school safety and school climate initiatives. ASCA will be sure to keep membership notified if this proves to be further opportunities for increased school counseling services.

What happens next? The US Department of Education (ED) will hold a grant competition for the next round of ESSCP grantees. ASCA will notify members of the grant announcement via social networking sites, the ASCA homepage as well as email blasts. Stay tuned! more

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