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Data shows 3 of the 5 biggest school districts hire more security officers than counselors

from The 74 Media

From March 31: School security officers outnumber counselors in four out of the 10 largest public school districts in the country — including three of the top five — according to data obtained by The 74. New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, and Houston schools all employ more security staff than counselors. New York City, Chicago and Miami-Dade are all among the nation's five biggest school districts. Not one of the top 10 districts, where counselors may be particularly beneficial for low-income students, meets the American School Counselor Association's recommendation of one counselor for every 250 students — most weren't even close. The nearest to the standard was Hawaii with 274 students for every counselor. more

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